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Hamamelis virginiana


Florida native


This shrub or small tree can be found in wet hammocks, creek swamps and ravines in the northern parts of Florida and into the central peninsula, mostly inland. The range extends throughout eastern North America, west into Texas and Oklahoma.
Growing up to 8m (26 ft.) in height, the trunk is low branching with zig-zag twigs. Leaves are alternate and simple, 6-15cm (2-1/3 to 6 in.) long and up to 10cm (4 in.) wide, with undulate or scalloped margins. The dull green leaves turn pale yellow in autumn. The small but distinctive late fall and winter flowers have yellow ribbon-like petals.

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Hamamelis virginiana is a member of the Hamamelidaceae - Witch-hazel family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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