Both species are native to the Chicago area. I picked up my H. virginiana at a native plant sale earlier this year, and only caught a couple of blooms on it. Luckily, I saw this one at Midwest Groundcovers' Garden Writer's Day, and snapped a pic that I love. Don't the blooms look like little firecrackers?
|Hamamelis virginiana (Witchhazel)|
|H. virginiana's ribbon-like flowers|
While the flowers open in October in our area, the fruit does not ripen until the next fall. The Hamamelis fruit is a woody four-sided capsule that is said to pop open and "explosively" release the 2-4 seeds inside a few yards from the parent plant. Watch out! Hamamelis is propegated by seed, with little dispersal by birds.
|Hamamelis fall color|