The best place to plant witch hazel in your garden for optimal growth

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American witch hazel or common witch hazel, grows in both the Southeast and Northeast of the country.  It naturally grows in forests as an understory plant and can be grown in zones 3 through 9. Ideally, you want to select a sunny to semi-shaded spot in your garden. As a bonus, you’ll find that this is one of the most fragrant trees that’ll make your garden smell better than ever. If you have tall deciduous trees in your garden, you can plant American witch hazel under another shrub or tree. This means it will get plenty of sunlight in the fall and winter to show off those magnificent flowers. According to the North Carolina Extension, this plant also does well when planted as a hedge or to provide some lovely shade in the summer. The soil should be fairly moist, well draining, and acidic with plenty of organic matter.

Vernal witch hazel naturally grows along streams and in wetlands. This means that it can be planted in a sunny spot in your garden. It will handle a little shade from overhead trees and grows well in zones  through 8. Any low-lying spots in your garden would be ideal for planting vernal witch hazel as this plant does like a little more moisture, being a wetland species. The soil should be moist, free-draining, slightly acidic to neutral, and have lots of organic matter.

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