It's that time of year...with so much springtime anticipation that you will start to notice the striking witchhazels in full bloom! The bright lacey yellow flowers help to make this shrub often mistaken for forsythia, but don't be confused, witchhazel flowers appear much earlier in the season. We like 'Arnold Promise' because this cultivar consistently blooms yellow and usually begins its winter show some time in February. Give witchhazel ample room as they can grow 10-12'; tall with a similar spread. Best flower occurs in bright sun but they will still perform in a semi-shady situation. Golden yellow fall foliage color can add a second season of interest.

Native Plant Program

Present a featured Native Plant Program for Spring 2016


featuring 8 lower Midwest native milkweed species:

  • Asclepias incarnatamarsh milkweed
  • Asclepias purpurascens – purple milkweed
  • Asclepias sullivantii – Sullivant’s milkweed
  • Asclepias syriaca – common milkweed
  • Asclepias tuberosa – butterfly milkweed
  • Asclepias verticillata – whorled milkweed
  • Asclepias viridiflora – green milkweed
  • Asclepias viridis – spider milkweed


featuring 11 plant species and associated native pollinators:

  • Baptisia australis – blue wild indigo
  • Hydrangea arborescens – wild hydrangea
  • Liatris scariosa – blazing star
  • Monarda fistulosa – bee balm
  • Packera obovata – golden groundsel
  • Penstemon digitalis – foxglove beardtongue
  • Pycnanthemum tenuifolium – slender mountain mint
  • Solidago speciosa – showy goldenrod
  • Symphyotrichum oblongifolium – aromatic aster
  • Vernonia arkansana – curlytop ironweed
  • Zizia aptera – heartleaf golden Alexander

To learn more about native plants and landscape application opportunites: www.grownative.org