Noteworthy Characteristics. Hamamelis vernalis, commonly called Ozark witch hazel, is native to the Ozark Plateau extending from southern Missouri through northwestern Arkansas to eastern shrubdrop.buzz Missouri, it is typically found in gravelly stream beds, bases of rocky slopes along streams and less frequently in rocky wooded hillsides where it spreads by suckers to form large colonies. The Vernal Witch Hazel plant is in every way similar to our Common Witch Hazel except in bloom. Vernal Witch Hazel blooms during the vernal equinox, March 21, with blooms of a beautiful orange to red.
It appreciates a moist loamy or sandy soil, but is also very tolerant of rocky soils, poor or clay soils and soils of various pH. Tends to sucker, forming tight colonies, but can.
Hamamelis vernalis Distant Hills Garden CC BY-NC-ND Hamamelis vernalis Kerry Woods CC BY-NC-ND Flower Close-up Asheville, NC Jim Robbins CC BY-NC-ND Flower (Wake County, NC)-Late Winter Cathy Dewitt CC BY 'Quasimodo' Form.
One of the earliest-flowering shrubs, Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark Witch Hazel) is a large, dense, deciduous shrub or small tree of upright to rounded habit. It boasts dense clusters of extremely fragrant, frost-proof, bright yellow to dull orange to red-orange flowers in mid to late winter. Borne on naked branches, each flower consists of 4 narrow, crinkled, strap-shaped petals with red shrubdrop.buzzess: What's My Zone?
It typically grows to 6′ tall. Flowers appear in mid to late winter prior to the emergence of the foliage in a variety of colors ranging from pale yellow to dark reddish purple.
Each flower has four, narrow, ribbon-like, curled and crinkled petals (each to only 1/3″ long) that are usually red at the base transitioning to copper orange at.