The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana)

Look for these understory shrubs in deciduous woodlands of The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail. They are the latest flowering large shrubs/trees in Nova Scotia, with a flowering period of mid-September into December. Typically they form a canopy (layer of leaves) at about 10 to 15 feet height (3 to 4.5 m) under deciduous trees, particularly oak. Photos were taken Oct. 12, 2009. See N.S. Wildlfora Society website for more photos of witch-hazel including fruits.