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USDA Organic Common Witchhazel
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Combining beauty and function into one package with Witch Hazel, known for their fantastic fall foliage and sweetly scented flowers to their incredible homeopathic healing qualities. The handsome architecture of this plant adds a unique flair to any landscape! Clusters of emerging ribbon-like flowers and crinkled petals scattered all over going from green to a brilliant golden yellow in the fall. An absolute showpiece in your garden in all its floral splendor lasting all through fall! This picturesque woodland shrub is a must-have for you and the birds to enjoy all year long!
Tread lightly, shrink your footprint, and let yourself grow with USDA Certified Organic Trees. Organic farming has sprung up drastically in importance and influence, spreading worldwide the philosophy of deeply rooting nature in harmony and enriching the soil we stand upon. Benefitting the gardner, enhancing biodiversity, preserving nature's wildlife, and a true direction to protecting our environment. Choosing organic trees on your property, whether they are fruit, nut, ornamental, or shade trees, begins with their soil and cultivates change taking root in your backyard. Take one BIG TREE step for your garden, and one giant leap towards a greener world.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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The first clue to the Native Americans that there was something unusually special about Witch Hazel may have been the golden flowers blooming in the dead of winter. Many Native Americans like the Osage, Potawatomi, and Mohegans used Witch Hazel bark to treat skin ulcers and sores. They would steam the twigs and branches over hot rocks in their sweat lodges to soothe sore muscles. They also taught English settlers about dowsing, an ancient method for finding underground water using Y-shaped witch hazel sticks. When water was below them, the sticks would bend downward. Native Americans believed Witch Hazel to have many magical powers, which in the eyes of modern medicine have shown to be true. Now being mass-produced throughout the world known as the "Golden Treasure," an astringent to heal the skin from wounds, scars and help stop bleeding are just a few of its qualities. As one of the only medicinal plants approved by the FDA, Witch Hazel has been benefitting not just landscapes but also human health for centuries. Another gift from the Native Americans teaching us about these incredible woodland shrubs!
Adding a splash of color to any garden, and imagine having a shrub that flowers in February and March? In all that gloomy dormancy, you’ll see Witch Hazel emerging in life!
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant's purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil's nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
How to Grow
Witch Hazel likes a soil enriched with compost and appreciates shade during the hottest hours of the day (around 1pm to 3pm). Don’t worry about protecting the blossoms from frost! They can handle it. The strappy flowers contract on extremely cold days and unfurl again on milder ones.
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