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Questions About Witch Hazel

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 5, 2011

Q. Tree Branch Damage

My witch hazel was run over by a car about a year ago. The trunk seems to be healing and the branch that was broken is healthy, but a crack remains (1/8 inches wide and most of the way through). I have a C-clamp holding it together but I’m afraid it will fall away without it. The tree has only three branches, and it’s approximately seven feet tall. Can I put anything into/over the crack?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 6, 2011
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While it may not be what you want to hear, I would suggest pruning the broken or cracked branch off when it is suitable to do so in your area. Generally with witch hazels, this is done either during winter dormancy or following spring blooming. Don't worry though, new growth will emerge and the tree will survive. However, leaving it as is (or with a clamp) could leave the tree vulnerable to possible pest or disease issues.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/what-to-do-for-storm-damage-trees-repair.htm

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Asked by
beanie on
February 21, 2016

Q. witch hazel

Will salt spray affect growing witch hazel? We live on the ocean facing north, and during the winter we get spray both from the northeast and northwest. Would love to plant one, just not sure. Thank you for any help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 23, 2016
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Asked by
city gardener on
February 7, 2017

Q. feeding Hamamelis bush

My Hamamelis is flowering profusely just now and I wonder if I should feed it. If so what? And when?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 8, 2017
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You can mulch your Witchhazel with pine needles or wood mulch to keep soil moist and slightly acidic.
In spring also add a layer of compost mulch and acidifying fertilizer to keep your shrub healthy.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/witch-hazel/growing-witch-hazel-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Dennis L. Tidmore on
October 30, 2017

Q. witch hazel

How much sun does a witch hazel need? Mine get a filter through the larger trees canopy and is irrigated but they are not growing much in height or thickness 2/3 years later.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 30, 2017
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Generally, the more light these receive, the better they will do. I would say the issue stems from a lack of lighting. Here is an article for more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/witch-hazel/growing-witch-hazel-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
jkskillings3 on
January 11, 2018

Q. witch hazel tree

when to transplant witch Hazel tree
jkskillings3just now
it is about 7-8 feet tall when we bought the house 4 years ago it is way to close to the house and we want to know when there is a good time to transplant in the yard it will have lots of sun. JKS

Answered by
jkskillings3 on
January 11, 2018
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when to transplant witch Hazel tree
jkskillings3just now
it is about 7-8 feet tall when we bought the house 4 years ago it is way to close to the house and we want to know when there is a good time to transplant in the yard it will have lots of sun. JKS

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Asked by
Gertrude Delveaux on
May 29, 2018

Q. witch hazel

What does it mean when the leaves look like they’re folding in on itself? I have a variety called “Arnold’s Promise”, about 2 years old. Doing well otherwise. It’s in full sun, I water it when necessary. I don’t want to lose it. Thanks.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 29, 2018
Certified Expert
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It could very well be that the pH of the soil is off. Dolomitic lime is useful for bringing the soil back to a buffered condition of about 7, which most plants will tolerate and adjust from there.

This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/witch-hazel/growing-witch-hazel-shrubs.htm

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