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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blooming in the Woods

I was pleasantly surprised to find Hamamelis virginiana (American Witch Hazel) blooming the other day.  This may sound strange but the late fall/early winter bloom of this plant, makes it a desirable addition to any landscape.  This shrub is very hardy, and can tolerate almost any condition though it prefers partial shade. 

Because of the late blooming of the plant, it holds the monopoly in the forest with the wintertime pollinators and is a very important food source for cold tolerant insects.  

American Witch Hazel seeds are a favorite among Wild Turkey, Bobwhite Quail, and the Ruffed Grouse. 

Keep your eyes open to see if you can spot American Witch Hazel blooming in your woods. 

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