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Taking a Look at the Many Varieties of Witch Hazel

By Polmast @bonsaiireland

Witch hazel is a type of deciduous shrub that grows in both North America and parts of Asia. Typically, they grow between 10-24 feet tall, but some of the tree varieties grow to heights of 39 feet. While the most common varieties of witch hazel blossom with a lively yellow color, there are several others that have different colors. Keep reading and we’ll take a closer look at some of the many varieties of witch hazel.

Hamamelis virginiana

One of the most common types of witch hazel is the Hamamelis virginiana. These tall shrubs begin to blossom and open up during the months of October and November. After blossoming, they will possess a greenish/yellowish color that’s quite attractive when the surrounding plant life is minimal at best. Because of their dense leaves and stems, birds oftentimes use this shrub as a nesting site for their young.

Hamamelis x intermedia “Diane”

This is a variety of witch hazel that blossoms with fiery red and orange colors during the early spring months. It’s easy to spot these shrubs growing because of their vibrant coloring. Most horticulturalists and gardening experts simply refer to this shrub as “Diane.” Along with their vibrant color, some people choose to grow them for the natural shade they provide.

Hamamelis x intermedia “Jelena”


Another colorful variety of the witch hazel is one commonly referred to as “Jelena.” It possesses a distinct combination yellow and red colors. One of the differences, however, is that it only grows to roughly half the size of Diane. Depending on the specific region, you can expect to see these shrubs blossoming somewhere between the months of February and March.

Uses For Witch Hazel:

  • Bark is used to create an all-natural astringent.
  • Acne treatment medicines.
  • Psoriasis and eczema.
  • Topical creams for sores, bruises and minor cuts.
  • Treatment for insect bites.
  • Reduces swelling

There are numerous uses for the witch hazel shrub. In fact, it’s believed that the Native Americans relied on it to treat a variety of conditions. It contains unique ingredients that give it antioxidant properties, which are useful for all of the conditions previously mentioned. The most common use for witch hazel, however, is to treat acne spots and blemishes. You can find witch hazel as an active ingredient in several different types of skincare creams and lotions.

If you’re interested in growing witch hazel, you’ll want to check the pH level of your soil to ensure it’s low enough to support this shrub. Unlike most plants, witch hazel prefers a highly acidic soil, and you may need to use some special fertilizer to achieve this. Once it begins sprouting and blooming, however, you’ll find that witch hazel requires little-to-no maintenance. Just prune it to your desired shape and continue providing it with plenty of water. Witch hazel can grow in both shaded and direct sunlight. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find these shrubs growing deep in the woods where there’s very little sun.

Greg Richwood is a content contributor for Womanswork. Greg likes to write about gardening, home renovation, and much more. Visit to find great women’s garden work gloves you can order.

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