|Buds just opening|
Witch-hazels are one of the harbingers of spring, bursting forth with confetti-like flowers often before the snow is off the ground. That certainly wasn't an issue this year as spring has come very early and mine has been done blooming for 2 weeks now. Normally for those of us in the north, they would be in full bloom now. But this year they started at the end of February!
Hamamelis like a well-drained soil that doesn't dry out too quickly and will tolerate full sun to quite a bit of shade. They are easy to grow and one of my favorite ornamentals that falls in the category of small-tree/large shrub. They are great for early season pollinators, which this year consisted of flies, bees, and moths.