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Hamamelis Vernalis

Hamamelis vernalis

This fall-interest shrub produces yellow flowers that are some of the last to appear in fall and early winter and are long-lasting.

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Hamamelis Vernalis Ozark Witch Hazel for Sale Online

Hamamelis Vernalis Amethyst is an attractive, late fall-blooming, low-maintenance native shrub or small tree that grows best in part shade and medium-wet, slightly acidic soils. 

Commonly called Ozark Witch Hazel, this tall shrub or small tree produces fragrant yellow flowers that open in mid-late January. When the seed capsule splits open in fall, 1-2 black seeds explode out of it, landing up to 30 feet away. Various birds and wildlife eat the seed after it falls to the ground. Witch-hazel has upright spreading branches that are perfect nesting sites for a variety of birds. Deep, golden yellow fall leaf color can be outstanding. Hamamelis Vernalis is an attractive late fall-blooming, low-maintenance native shrub or small tree that grows best in part shade and medium-wet, slightly acidic soils. The yellow flowers are one of the last to appear in fall and early winter and are long-lasting.


Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 6 to 10
Mature width: 8 to 15 feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous shrub
Sunlight: Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit: Upright habit, Vase shaped
Foliage: Matte bluish-green changing to deep yellow fall color
Flower Color: Pale yellow with red inner calyx from mid/late winter- early spring
Pruning Season: Prune in spring after flowering
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil including clay
Water Requirement: Water well until established.
Growzone: 4-8 Hamamelis Vernalis Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Hamamelis Vernalis

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Hamamelis Vernalis plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Hamamelis Vernalis Amethyst because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Hamamelis Vernalis Amethyst shrubs spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success. Watering Hamamelis Vernalis: After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Witch Hazel a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Witch Hazel or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.


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