Thursday, February 12, 2009

Blooming witch hazel

The Ozark witch hazel shrub has several good attributes for Missouri gardens:
  • it's native
  • it retains its leaves for a long time
  • it blooms in the middle of winter

The blooms aren't particularly showy, but they don't have any other flowers to compete with at this time of year. The Missouri Botanical Garden considers Hamamelis vernalis a Plant of Merit. We have been happy with this one that is growing at the top of the driveway.

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