Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana
Woody perennial bush to small tree native to the eastern US. A sturdy and handsome addition to the landscape, with a multi-stemmed habit. The witch hazel bush itself is full of surprises, flowering in midwinter and waiting to eject its seed until autumn. It does fine as a permaculture bush/tree in city lots or on the farm.
Organically grown, 20 seeds/pkt.
Planting & Care
Soil & Water: Plant prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained, slightly acid soils. It likes to be able to get its roots down into the aquifer, so it can often be found growing in dried up riparian zones or in moist but well-drained woodlands.
Planting & Growing: Seed is quite hard and germinates best after some cold conditioning. Fall planted seed may germinate in a few months in a cold greenhouse, or if planted in the shade house or outdoor nursery bed will germinate in the spring. To sow in spring, plant early enough so that the seed experiences at least 30 days of cold moist soils, or give 30 days cold moist stratification in the refrigerator before planting. Germination usually occurs between 30 and 90 days after planting.
Sow seed about 1 inch deep in gallon pots in spring, summer of fall and leave in shade house or outdoors.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves and stems just after flowering or bark after dormancy.