Witch Hazel Blossoms
They aren’t the showiest flowers, but a native shrub blossoming in October doesn’t have to be spectacular – it’s the only one out there!
I photographed this Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) in State Game Lands #26 on October 14. It is a common shrub in this region, and you can readily spot it in semi-shady areas along the edge of the woods and in areas of sparse growth.
More witch hazel facts:
- It is the only native species that bears mature fruit and blossoms at the same time
- The mature fruit, which developed from the previous fall’s flowers, is a capsule that suddenly snaps open and shoots its seeds a considerable distance from the parent plant
- The foliage and stems are browsed by deer