Bloom Day January 2014

Witchhazel, genus Hamamelis, isn’t uncommon by any means, but the placement of this one at the street entryway makes a stunning appearance to passers by during the bleak months of bare branches.

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This small tree is on NW Flanders between 17th and 18th Avenues.  Its cheerful blooms brighten the entrance to a childcare center. I enjoy the thought of wide-eyed little ones carried by in parents’ arms, attention captured by the vibrant color and curious form of these flowers.  Powerful fragrance too!

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I don’t know which species this is. There are many to choose from, some species native to North America, others from Asia and hybrids as well.  Portland Nursery lists a variety along with some useful facts. Most with a height between 8-12 feet (some up to 20 feet), this shrub/small tree fits easily into a small garden.

For some midwinter cheer, please visit our Bloom Day host Carol and bloggers at www.maydreamsgarden.com

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6 Responses to Bloom Day January 2014

  1. What a beautiful specimen it is!

  2. Oh that’s a nice one! So graceful and full of blooms.

  3. Ricki Grady says:

    Really? Powerfully scented? I need to get my nose checked. Sure is a beauty though.

  4. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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