Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub, about six to eight meters tall and original from North America. The Witch Hazel family is composed of more than 20 genera and about 100 species around the world . The flowers are bright yellow and the fruits encapsulated. This shrub blooms in fall and winter.
The name Witch hazel derives from the similitude of witch hazel leaves with those of the hazel nut  in combination with the strange blooming time, near Halloween . Many people ask themselves what is Witch hazel and what is Witch hazel used for, if you´re one of them have a look below and discover Witch hazel properties and health benefits and the related scientific evidence on which those have been founded. Image: Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) by Wendy Cutler under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: Witch hazel, Winterbloom (America), Spotted alder .