It’s been a while since I wrote about a plant. I tend to leave that to other, better horticulturists.
Spotted, driving down a country road, Hamamelis virginiana’s yellow puffs tell me it’s time to turn on the heat and hunker down for winter. Unlike other witch hazels that bloom in late winter or very early spring, H. virginiana is one of the last plants to bloom in my region, waiting all season, until late October or early November to strut its subtle stuff.
Hamamelis virginiana is an eastern American native and is much less showy than its hybrid cousin Hamamelis x intermedia or the midwestern native Hamamelis vernalis. It is hardy to zone 4, can reach 30′ tall and I don’t know of any commercial selections.
Most people opt for the early spring blooming witch hazels, but I treasure the last of the fall blooms that H. virginiana provides.