Hamamelis vernalis – Vernal Witchhazel


The earliest native shrub to flower, you will often find Vernal Witchhazel flowering during warm spells in early February – certainly no later than early March. So keep your eyes – and your nose – working. Although fragrances do not permeate the air in late winter, if you walk up to the flowers for a sniff you will catch a rich, dried-apricot fragrance that is a potent tonic for the winter-weary nose. This witchhazel hails from the Ozark Mountains but performs well here in the Catskills. It’s smaller and shrubbier than our local species, Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana).

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Witchhazel family, Hamamelidaceae

Updated 16 March 2023

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3-Gallon, 5-Gallon