Hamamelis virginiana, or American Witch Hazel is a shrub I’ve been after for the past few years. I’ve never been able to find them at local nurseries or X-Mart store nurseries. Requests for special orders have been blown off and last year I tried one through the Arbor Day society but the stick that came didn’t make it. Most likely my fault for not babying it – not something I do with most outdoor plants.
But I found some while on a reluctant trip through Brookings at Medary Acres. Reluctant simply because the gardening itch hasn’t quite hit and I was trying to pace myself and not get too excited in April – in past years I’ve blown my budget by now. But, I just happened to walk through the few shrubs outside of the greenhouse and saw the usuals: lilac, dogwood, barberry, etc. and then witch hazel. Wah? Nice beautiful specimens, with leaves and color and lushness?! So for the mere $19.99 for a healthy looking shrub I was finally feeling the need to scratch.
Doing a bit more research I found that the American variety is hardier – a native all the way to Canada. It’s definitely a zone 4, possibly 3 with cover. the yellow, fragrant, flowers offer great late fall/early winter appeal. I’ve found that it may need more soil amendments, liking some humuus in it’s soil configuration. Some homemade compost or aged manure should do the trick.
I planted it a couple days ago and with yesterday’s rain it should be off to a good start.