This week I wanted to feature one of my favorite winter bloomers, Hamamelis or Witch Hazel. Deciduous shrubs to 8-12′ in the Pacific Northwest. These V-shaped shrubs are an attractive addition to garden borders in zones 4-9. It provides color in the middle of winter when everything else is drab.
Hamamelis has a long history as a medicinal plant. Tinctures made from the leaves and bark relieve bruising and swelling when applied.