American Witch Hazel - 20 Seeds - Hamamelis Virginiana
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Terms and conditions
Hamamelis Virginiana - American Witch Hazel
Hamamelis Virginiana It is a small, deciduous tree growing up to 6 m, often with a dense cluster of stems from its base.
The bark is light brown, smooth, scaly, inner bark reddish purple. The flowers are pale to bright yellow, rarely orange or reddish, with ribbon-shaped petals 10–20 mm long and short stamens, growing in clusters; flowering begins in about mid autumnand continues until late autumn.
It can be distinguished from the related Hamamelis vernalis by its flowering in autumn, not winter.
Native Americans produced witch hazel extract by boiling the stems of the shrub and producing a decoction, which was used to treat swellings, inflammations, and tumors. Early Puritan settlers in New England adopted this remedy from the natives, and its use became widely established.
Seeds need a long stratification period for good germination.
Fully hardy to -15°C