Common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), a native of woodlands in eastern and central North America, grows as an understory large shrub. In mid- to late October, clusters of fragrant flowers with four strap-like petals emerge. 'Champlin's Red' has flower petals that are red-orange at the base, tipped in yellow, emerging from yellow-green calyxes. In the home landscape, it can attain heights of 15 to 20 feet and has an oval-rounded shape. The flowers are often hidden by the bright yellow fall foliage. The relatively scanty fruit—relished by birds and squirrels—is a woody capsule containing two seeds. This underutilized ornamental native performs quite well in shady sites and is great for the naturalistic garden or a large shrub border. Common witch hazel is the last shrub to flower in fall.
September - October, November - December
Shade Tree, Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Understory