Native Witch-Hazel shrub
and hybrid shrub genus
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family Hamamelidaceae – Witch-hazel family
Genus Hamamelis L. – witchhazel
Hybrids of Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese Witch Hazel (H. japonica)
Variety 'Arnold Promise’ introduced in 1963, followed by ‘Diane’ in 1969
Witch derived from Middle English wiche, meaning "pliant" or "bendable"
Hazel derived from use of twigs as divining rods, as hazel twigs were used in England
All witch hazels need a chilling period of a certain minimum number of hours below 45°F before they will flower
Witch hazel astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana)
Forked branches of witch hazel used as dowsing or divining rods to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, etc.
Dowsing for water also known as "water witching"
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Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst'