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Friday Favorite: Witch Hazel

November 10th, 2017

Witch hazels are lovely for so many reasons, the main one being that they are one of the first things to bloom in early spring. In Ohio, our native witch hazels bloomed in winter. Earlier this summer, I got an ‘Amethyst’ hamamelis at Fieldstone Gardens.

Not only do witch hazels bloom very early in spring, they also have the most gorgeous fall color. This small tree was planted below the living room windows. I chose this spot so we can see the beautiful fall foliage and particularly so we can enjoy those early spring blooms. Since it’s a small tree, topping out at 8-10 feet, it will be perfect in this spot. I’m pretty excited to watch this beauty mature and settle into the garden.

I’d have to say that witch hazels are one of my favorite small tree, coming in tied with dogwoods.

What’s your favorite all around small tree?

2 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Witch Hazel”
  1. Ann on November 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

    My fav small tree are redbuds. Especially my Rising Sun which has the most beautiful apricot colored leaves all season long. 2nd fav would be my Japanese maples.

    Oh oh, but maybe it is really the Fringe tree which is my favorite. Old man of the mountains, Grancy greybeard are other common names. To see a mature specimen of this in bloom in the spring is a sight to behold.

    So in other words, it is quite hard to decide on a favorite

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  2. Nebraska Dave on November 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Susy, I’d have to agree with Ann. The Redbud is hard to beat for Spring color. Sadly my 50 year old Redbud became a home for carpenter ants and had to cut down. Fortunately, my city has plants Redbuds in the center islands of many divided streets through out the city.

    Have a great Witch Hazel tree day.

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