Versatile Witchhazels Feature Fall and Winter Blooms and Bright Fall Colors

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UT Gardens’ January 2023 Plant of the Month

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – We all want something to look at in our gardens year-round. Blooms at unexpected times can bring a world of joy to the garden, and among the plants that offer them are witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.). There are many types of witchhazel shrubs and trees you can grow. Each one is a cool season favorite with fringed, often sweetly fragrant blooms. Many species also have nicely colored fall foliage adding to their appeal. 

Ranging in both habit and size, witchhazels vary in form from a dense rounded to a wide spreading shrub, or as upright multi-stemmed vase-shaped tree. While best grown in moist, well-drained, acidic soils, witchhazel is adaptable and tolerant of heavy clay. Plants can be grown in sun or shade, but increased sunlight with adequate moisture improves their flower display.

Read more at the UT Gardens’ site.

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville and Jackson, Tennessee. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the UT Gardens are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public.

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