Vernal Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) in Flower
Vernal Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) is such a great shrub to have in the garden. It is the first shrub at Distant Hill Gardens to flower, usually in late February or early March, well before any other plant. It is a North American native, groing naturally in the southern and central United States. Even so, it does extremely well in the cold north. To avoid freeze damage, the petals roll up on very cold days and reopen as the day warms up. The flowers are pollinated by winter moths that are active on cold nights, and some early bees and flies on warmer days.