APP - MISC HAMAMELIS vernalis 3-31-15Today’s Special is our Vernal Witchhazel (HAMAMELIS vernalis). These are growing in quart containers for $10.53 each.  Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Promptly remove suckers to prevent colonial spread. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size. Witch hazel is a deciduous, winter-blooming shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 6-10′ tall (less frequently to 15′) with a somewhat larger spread. Usually occurs in the wild in gravel or rocky stream beds or at the base of rocky slopes along streams. Noted for its extremely early (January to February-March) and lengthy (to 4 weeks) bloom period. Fragrant, globular flower clusters (to 3/4″ wide) have variable coloration, but flowers most frequently have yellow petals and reddish inner calyxes. Ovate, dull green leaves (2-5″) turn an attractive golden yellow in autumn. Extract obtained from the leaves, bark and stems was formerly used medicinally by native Americans for, inter alia, external treatment of sprains, bruises and inflammations. Zones 4 to 8.