The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Witch Hazel

closeup of red witch hazel

Witch Hazel

  • Blooms in late winter into early spring (February)
  • Yellow, red, and orange fall foliage
  • Large, spreading, deciduous shrub
  • Fragrant flowers

Resembling a large shrub, this smaller tree produces pleasant oranges and reds in the autumn months, and when it is properly maintained, it has a very pleasing shape. Witch Hazel is most famous, though, for being an early riser. It blooms when nothing else is blooming – including the Forsythia, which is often, incorrectly, thought of as the first flowering plant. It thrives during the months when the days are short, which makes it a natural choice for locations lacking direct sunlight.

Check out other installments of the “CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide” here: January – February – March – April – MayJune JulyAugust.

(The image above shows a Diane Witch Hazel already beginning to bloom on February 13 while there is still snow on the ground at our Chambersburg office).

Diane and Arnold Witch Hazel
(left): Diane Witch Hazel blooming at CVTS-L in mid-February; (right) Arnold Promise in full bloom

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide is a monthly series in which we explore the unique qualities of some of our favorite trees and shrubs. Contact us today to discuss your landscaping project or you can learn more about our design-through-installation process here