Fall Color and Flowers Too

Flowering branch of American Witch Hazel

Fall color of American Witch Hazel

American witch hazel has great fall color. In addition to that clear yellow color, it blooms at the same time, too. The above images were taken on the same plant. This is a classic understory native plant that can in some cases grow into a small tree, but most are like mine shown above grown as a large shrub often in light shade. I really like this care free plant that is easily grown, as long as it is located in good soil that does not go through long dry periods. While in sunny locations, the plants tend to be upright putting out long shoots from its base. They become somewhat graceful in partial shade. I have seen the blooms last for weeks, and mine are in bloom now and in fall color. Be sure to place these plants where they can be seen at close range to be able to enjoy both the yellow flowers and yellow fall color at the same time. There are many other types of witch hazels, but this one is native to our area. It is hard to find at nurseries, as the most popular ones are the hybrid and oriental types. The best place to look for this native shrub is mail order nurseries, but it is a fall favorite in my garden.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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