The striking citrus-scented flower whorls produced on irregular bare woody stems of the witch hazel during winter make this medium-large shrub a highlight in the garden or winter vase when little else is flowering. Broadly spreading but slow-growing, witch hazels are often trained to a single trunk to produce a tree-like habit better suited to smaller gardens. Underplant with bulbs such as daffodils or cyclamen, or allow hellebores to naturalise beneath the canopy. Prized for its yellow autumnal hues and medicinal properties for skin and body ailments, Native Americans also used the flexible branches to make bows for archery.
Full sun to part shade, humus rich moist well-drained soil. Slow growing, do not prune heavily unless training this broad spreading shrub into a small tree-like form. Protect from cold winds and while tolerant of light shade, be aware that flowering will be impacted. Resents transplanting, sensitive to drought and waterlogging.