witch hazel for bright colored fall trees and shrubs
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Witch Hazel

(Hamamelis virginiana)

If you crave fragrance and flowers, as well as colorful leaves in fall, plant this native shrub. It glows with yellow when its leaves turn in early autumn. In late fall, its flowers appear and remain on the branches even after the leaves have fallen (see inset). The flowers, also yellow, have a curious shape that some people compare to mopheads or spiders, and smell of spice.

Full sun to partial shade; regular water; Zones 3-9
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