Plant of the Season
Aplant that really brightens up the garden in winter with the bright, spidery flowers glowing even in the coldest conditions. These small deciduous trees originate from Asia, North America, Japan and China and there are now many sizes and colours available.
Commonly called witch hazel, the name is believed to have originated from the Old English word ‘wice’ meaning bendable. Another explanation is that as the twigs have long been used as water divining rods, the plant may have been associated with witches and magic. The plant is also called the Epiphany tree as it flowers around Epiphany (6th January).
Hamamelis virginiana is native to North America and its leaves and bark have traditionally been used to make skincare products to soothe skin problems such as eczema, bruises and nappy rash. However, the usual variety found in this country is Hamamelis mollis which has sulphur-