Irene in Edmonton writes:
I have been searching for a witch-hazel shrub/tree and I am having no success in locating any nursery that sells this beautiful shrub. Do you know of any nurseries that stock it?
Garden Making replies:
We asked on Twitter, but also emailed Simone Lounsbery at Vineland Nurseries in Vineland, Ontario. Simone emailed information to Irene about our native witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), which blooms in fall, as well as H. vernalis, which is also cold hardy for Edmonton. Irene was so pleased that she wrote to tell us: “I want to thank the person who went to the trouble to respond to my email inquiry regarding witch-hazel. I was getting nowhere with my own detective work. Your efforts are important to me and the new home that I am endeavouring to create with the witch-hazel bush/tree in that new landscape.”
For more on witch-hazels, see Stephen Westcott-Gratton’s article on The first flowers of spring.