Hamamelis virginiana can also be called witch hazel, which is used to make a variety of products, including cosmetics, skin astringent, ointments, lotions, and toner. The bark can also be used as a tea. The fruit and flowers of the plant are edible and the plant was cultivated and used for medicinal purposes by the Indians. The bark of the plant has been
The Persian ironwood, a closely related tree formerly treated as Hamamelis persica, is now given a genus of its own, as Parrotia persica, as it differs in the flowers not having petals. Other closely allied genera are Parrotiopsis, Fothergilla, and Sycopsis (see under Hamamelidaceae). Witch-hazels are not closely related to the true Corylus hazels, though they have a few superficially similar characteristics which may cause one to believe that they are. Following his death, his two sons, Thomas N. Dickinson, Jr., of Mystic, Connecticut, and Everett E. Dickinson of Essex, each inherited parts of the family business and continued the manufacture of witch-hazel extract, operating competing "Dickinson's" businesses that were continued by their descendants until 1997 when the manufacturing operations from both companies were consolidated at the American Distilling plant in East Hampton, CT.
American witchhazel is a member of the Witch-hazel family. The genus name Hamamelis is Latin from the Greek meaning a kind of medlar or service tree. The species name virginiana refers to being from Virginia. This native grows throughout northeast and southeast North America, from Nova Scotia to Florida and from the Great Lakes to eastern Texas. Noted for its fantastic fall attributes, Hamamelis virginiana (Virginian Witch Hazel) is an erect large, deciduous shrub or small tree, with sweetly-scented, bright yellow flowers in fall. Each flower consists of 4 golden ribbon-like, slightly-twisted, crinkled petals. Clustered along the arching branches, the flowers emerge when you least expect it and may linger on the branches into December. This Witch Hazel sports smooth, broadly oval leaves, which open light green before turning dark green. They warm up to brilliant golden yellow shades in the fall. (Source: www.gardenia.net