Hamamelis virginiana / Witch Hazel


A large forest-dwelling shrub, Witch Hazel is noted for its late-flowering blooms, which linger deep into autumn and provide color in a landscape mostly leafless and dormant. Witch Hazel’s highly tannic bark is used to create a variety of astringent distillates for cosmetic and medicinal use, including acne, bruises, and swelling.

Host plant for the Striped Hairstreak butterfly, and numerous moth species. See below.

Height: 10′ – 20′     Blooms: October, November

Siting: Average to moist/well-drained soil, part shade to shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Hamamelis virginiana Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Striped Hairstreak

Larval Host Plant (moths):

Alien Probole
Black-Waved Flannel Caterpillar
Checkered-fringe Prominent
Curve-lined Looper
Definite Tussock
Distinct Quaker
Early Button Slug
Elm Spanworm
Eyed Mustard Sallow Figure-Seven Moth
Fluid Arches
Intractable Quaker
Norman’s Quaker
Oak Beauty
Saddleback Looper
Saddled Prominent
Small Phigalia
Spotted Apatelodes
The Bruce Spanworm Three-spotted Nola
Unicorn Caterpillar
Wavy-lined Heterocampa
Witch Hazel Dagger Moth



Additional information


Quart, Two Quart, Gallon