Gronov. ex L.
Witch-hazels or witch hazels (Hamamelis) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, with three species in North America (H. ovalis, H. virginiana, and H. vernalis), and one each in Japan (H. japonica) and China (H. mollis). The North American species are occasionally called winterbloom.
See Middle English wiche, from Old English wiċe (“pliant, bendable, weak”). Folk etymology refers to use by witches and other sorcerers of folkish magic using the plant in potions; however, compare German Zaubernuss (“witch hazel, literally 'magic nut'”).
witch hazel (countable and uncountable, plural witch hazels)
- (countable) Any of several small deciduous trees, of the genus Hamamelis, having yellow flowers
- (US) Hamamelis virginiana (eastern North