My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

Witch-Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Witch-hazel Hamamelidaceae family

Leaves are wavy-edged, and roundish, with uneven bases. 2 - 7" long. Often you will see a black gall, made by a certain species of hornet, that in the shape of a "witches hat" on the leaf.
Flowers are pale yellow, and appear in the fall. They appear as rays only in no particular organized fashion along the stem.

Fruit capsule bursts when ripe, expelling seeds wide distances, and up to 20' away.

Buds are naked, and scalpel-shaped and situated alternately on twigs.

Form/Habitat: Witch hazel is a shrub or small tree that grows to 25' tall and to a diameter of about 6". It prefers moderate to rich, moist areas.

NWI Status: FAC-

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