Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Hamamelidaceae
Hamamelis virginiana (Witch-hazel)
Flower coloryellow
Number of petals4
Petal statefree
Leaf persistencedeciduous
Leaf arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginenitire
Leaf/leaflet shapeobovate
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorbrown
Flowering datesSep. and Oct.
Fruiting datesNovember
HabitatMoist woods
LocalityAlong the M & M trail toward Bare Mountain.
DescriptionShrub or small tree 3 - 20 feet tall. The leaves are large with an asymmetrical base, crenate margins, and a wavy surface. The flowers have 4 yellow linear petals. It blooms just as or just after the leaves fall. Fruit is persistent on the shrub over the winter. The seeds are ejected explosively when the fruit dries.
CommentWitch-hazel is one of the more common shrubs in the Mount Holyoke Range.
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