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Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana
Distinguishing Features: Flowers appear after leaves drop, seed capsule explosively expels seeds in the fall
  • Type: Deciduous
  • Form at maturity: 10 to 15 feet tall in most instances, can reach upto 30 feet tall, nearly as wide as tall, develops an irregular but rounded outline
  • Leaf: alternate, simple leaves, obovate to elliptical with uneven base, leaves are 3 to 6 inches long; 2 to 3.5 inches wide, margins of leaves are coarsely toothed, bright to dark green, new leaves emerge reddish-bronze, clear yellow in fall
  • Flower: Stem-hugging clusters of fragrant bright yellow flowers, each with four crinkly, ribbon-shaped petals, Flowers may be tinged with orange and/or red
  • Bark: Smooth gray to gray brown
  • Fruit or Seed: Greenish, 0.5 inch long seed capsules that become woody with age and mature to light brown
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