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Witch Hazel Flowering

witch-hazel-20160917_0860Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is nature’s final fanfare of the fall. As colorful fall foliage begins to disappear, the yellow strap-like petals of Witch Hazel’s fragrant flowers brighten denuded woods. This year, with a somewhat late peak foliage, they are both providing brilliant colors to the landscape at the same time.

Witch Hazel flowers are pollinated by moths that are still active this late in the season, and develop into small, hard capsules that remain dormant throughout the winter. During the following summer, these capsules develop to the point where they expel two shiny black seeds 10 to 20 feet away from the tree. The seeds take another year to germinate, making the length of time from flowering to germination approximately two years.

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5 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    All in good time, my little pretty! All in good time!

    October 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    So amazing. Thank you.

    October 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

  3. Kathie Coburn

    Mary after talking with you at the Norwich book store I went back out on that rainy day and found my witch hazel
    thanks Cobes

    November 2, 2016 at 8:06 am

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