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Ozark Witch Hazel, Little Witch Hazel, Vernal Witch Hazel
Hamamelis vernalis


Similar in shape and form to the common witch hazel, H. virginiana, Ozark witch hazel is smaller, flowers in the winter and spring instead of the fall, and sprouts from the base more freely. It grows on rocky stream banks from Missouri into East Oklahoma and Texas and east to Florida. It performs best in sun or partial shade in moist soils, and will even grow in heavy clay. It is reportedly more tolerant of alkaline soils than common witch hazel. Ozark witch hazel's small stature, unusual early flowering date, at a time when practically nothing else is in flower, heavy foliage in summer which then turns to yellow in fall, and its bright, fragrant flowers make it an attractive and useful landscape shrub.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: yellow to red

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: woody capsule

Height: 6 to 9 feet

Width: 7 to 10 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: low

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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