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Related to hamamelis: Hamamelis vernalis, witch hazel


A shrub or small tree, Hamamelis virginiana (family Harmarmelidaceae), the bark and dried leaves of which have been used externally as an application to contusions and other injuries, in headache, and for the cure of noninflammatory hemorrhoids; the water, popularly known as "extract of witch hazel," is made from the bark and contains 14% alcohol.
Synonym(s): witch hazel
[Mod. L., fr. G. hama- mēlis, fr. hama, together with, + mēlon, apple]


A remedy that has been used for weakened venous circulation and varicose veins, as well as bloodshot eyes, depression, irritability, headaches, haemorrhoids and menstrual disorders.


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The species used for medical purposes is Virginian witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, but two other species and their many varieties are more impressive in gardens.
Hamamelis mollis, the more common variety, has quite a spicy fragrance to it too.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' has coppery-coloured flowers, and Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' is an even hotter colour, verging on red.
Salicylic Acid Peel 20% Gel Serum contains only the highest quality active ingredients, including hamamelis virginiana leaf extract, butylene glycol and witch hazel.
Hamamelis mollis turns to soft, buttery yellow, creating beacons in the darker recesses of the garden while the foliage of some of the x intermedia hybrids hots up to incandescent oranges and reds.
But no winter garden would be complete without Hamamelis molis (witch hazel).
Purple flower buds of hellebores are just pushing up through the soil and the witch hazel, hamamelis, still clinging on to its copper coloured leaves, is covered in clusters of spider-shaped, deep yellow fragrant flowers.
Included are all the species and cultivars of witch hazel except the fall flowering common witch hazel, hamamelis Virginiana, and the cornelian cherry (cornus mas), all of the forsythias, the close relative of forsythia abeliophyllum often called "the white flowered forsythia," spicebush, honeysuckles that have already bloomed and the shrub quinces.
Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witch hazel) has sweetly scented yellow blooms that are red at the base and flowers from December until March.
1 Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena', pictured, produces fire-coloured flowers in February with a spicy perfume.