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Hamamelis vernalis

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 6'-10'

Bloom Time: January, February, March, April

Bloom Color: yellow, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: colonizing, cut flowers, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing

Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witchhazel)
  • Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witchhazel)
  • Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witchhazel)
  • Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witchhazel)
  • Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witchhazel)

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Hamamelis vernalis

Also known as:

Ozark witchhazel


vernal witch-hazel

Scientific Synonyms:


Hamamelis vernalis is typically a 6' to 10' tall shrub, though it can grow taller under optimum conditions. Its deciduous green foliage is very attractive in fall when it turns vivid golden colors. The fragrant flowers, are yellow to red and appear as early as January.


Easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained acidic soil. Prefers organically rich soil but tolerates heavy clay. Best flower production will be achieved in full sun. Plants tend to sucker abundantly. These can be left to create thickets and a naturalized look. Plants take well to heavy pruning, making them good candidates for hedging. Blooms late winter, January to March. Zones 5-8


Propagate form fresh seed. These should be collected and sown before they completely dry out. Can also be propagated by division, layering, or cuttings.

Additional Notes

Flowering stems can be cut and used in flower arrangements.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Hamamelidales
Family Hamamelidaceae Witch-hazel family
Genus Hamamelis witchhazel
Species Hamamelis vernalis Ozark witchhazel