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Plant Species of the genus Hamamelis

Information about this genus
Name: Hamamelis
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Witch hazels, in their natural habitat, grow mainly in the shade of light woodland, and so prefer some shade from the midday sun; they also like a cool moist climate. Long basal shoots at flowering time are often cut for indoor decoration and this can be beneficial to the plant as it clears the way for new shoots. The best flowers are borne on strong, young, 1 to 3-year-old shoots that have not been shortened. Seeds can be collected before they are discharged and sown at once, but germination may take a year or more. Layers can be put down in winter and lifted the following winter.
Description: This is a small genus of 5 or 6 species of deciduous winter-flowering shrubs or small trees in the family Hamamelidaceae (witch hazel), found in eastern North America and eastern Asia. They are characterized by their spider-like, yellow or reddish, perfumed flowers that are composed of crinkled strap-shaped petals. These appear in crowded clusters on the bare branches in mid-winter to early spring, withstanding the most severe weather without injury. The foliage often provides attractive autumn color. The fruit is a horned capsule that contains 2 shiny black seeds.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Hamamelis 3 intermedia 4-9
Hamamelis japonica 4-9
Hamamelis mollis 4-9
Hamamelis vernalis 4-9
virginiana 7-9

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