American Witchhazel, Witch Hazel, Common Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana - Hamamelis androgyna, Hamamelis corylifolia, Hamamelis dioica

Detailed Listing For
Botanical Name:

Hamamelis virginiana







Common Name:

American Witchhazel, Witch Hazel, Common Witchhazel

Seeds Per Pound:
0.00077 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
20 feet
Crop Year:
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

Looking for more sources, please reach out if you can collect!

Seed is Out of Stock:
Fill in the quantity you Need: 
Choose the "Check Out "Button and enter your contact information: 
Sheffield's will email when it arrives:  no payment at this time. Thank you

  • Hamamelis virginiana

Please select the quantity desired, and we will advise availability and price as soon as possible.
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a small, deciduous tree growing up to 6 m (rarely to 10 m) tall, often with a dense cluster of stems from its base.
* The fruit is a hard woody capsule 10–14 mm long, which splits explosively at the apex at maturity one year after pollination, ejecting the two shiny black seeds up to 10 m distant from the parent plant.
* Pond's Extract was a popular distillation of the bark in dilute alcohol.
* The hardiest witch hazel, fragrant yellow flowers between October and December, often as the leaves are turning yellow in the fall. more...
* The native witchhazel can be grown as a large shrub or small tree and offers fantastic fall attributes. Fragrant, yellow flowers bloom from October through December. The foliage, attractive in all growing seasons, also turns yellow to yellowish-orange in fall.

This is a great specimen to plant as an under story or for a shrub border in large areas.
* It is used cosmetically as an ingredient in almost any preparation made to relieve capillary weaknesses.
* This is an ornamental small tree, often planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape. It produces leaves 3–6" in length that are medium green, turning a nice shade of yellow or yellowish-orange in the fall. Followed by fragrant yellow flowers,anytime from October through December, more...
* Used as a rootstock for the ornamental species in this genus.
* The stems have been used for water divining. more...
Hamamelis virginiana is a species of Witch-hazel native to eastern North America , from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota , and south to central Florida to eastern Texas . [ 1 ]
more »
Physical Characteristics  Hamamelis virginiana is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower from Sep to November, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
more »
Usda description:
More info on
Usda description:
More info on
Medicinal Comments:

Used for traumatic injuries and acing muscles, Virginian Witch Hazel was originally found in North American moist woodland areas. Widely cultivated for its medicinal properties as an astringent and inflammation reducer, Hamamelis Virginian is an important ingredient of proprietary eye drops, skin creams, ointments and skin tonics. Tannins in the bark are believed to be responsible for its astringent are harvested in the spring and an infusion of the leaves is used to reduce inflammations harvested in the summer months. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

more »