A well known medicinal, and regularly used native landscaping shrub blooming yellow in the early Winter. It prefers dappled shade and medium woodland soil. A full, multi stemmed shrub, it can get about 10’ tall and quite wide. PFAF.org writes on the ample medicinal qualities of the plant:
“Witch hazel bark is a traditional herb of the North American Indians who used it to heal wounds, treat tumors, eye problems etc. A very astringent herb, it is commonly used in the West and is widely available from both herbalists and chemists. It is an important ingredient of proprietary eye drops, skin creams, ointments and skin tonics. It is widely used as an external application to bruises, sore muscles, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, sore nipples, inflammations etc. The bark is astringent, haemostatic, sedative and tonic. Tannins in the bark are believed to be responsible for its astringent and haemostatic properties. Bottled witch hazel water is a steam distillate that does not contain the tannins from the shrub, this is less effective in its action than a tincture. The bark is used internally in the treatment of diarrhea, colitis, dysentery, hemorrhoids, vaginal discharge, excessive menstruation, internal bleeding and prolapsed organs. Branches and twigs are harvested for the bark in the spring. An infusion of the leaves is used to reduce inflammations, treat piles, internal hemorrhages and eye inflammations. The leaves are harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use. A homeopathic remedy is made from fresh bark. It is used in the treatment of nosebleeds, piles and varicose veins.”
Enjoy this stunner for its utility and beauty!
15'hx10'w. Medium Soil. Full-Part Sun. Yellow bloom Oct, Nov.
These seeds were produced by our friends at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA.
Growing Tips: Fall Seed, needs cold stratification.