The Little Tree of St. James

The Little Tree of St. James

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

The  “little tree” that graced the front of St. James for several years has been moved to the garden at the back entrance of the Church.  The move was necessary as we prepare the front grounds for the arrival of our new signage.  The relocation of the “little tree” which is a Witchhazel Tree, also will allow the tree to reach its’ fullest growth in a beautiful space with no restrictions.

The Witchhazel Tree offers fantastic fall attributes. Fragrant, yellow flowers bloom mid to late winter. The foliage, attractive in all growing seasons, also turns yellow to yellowish-orange in fall.  It will grow to a height of 15–30′, spread of 15–25′ at maturity and will be basking in full sun as it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.  The Witchhazel tree was introduced in 1736 and the extract “witchhazel” is distilled from the bark of young stems and roots!   We look forward to watching this beautiful tree evolve through the seasons and years to come.

A special thank you to DJ Emery who moved our tree safely to its’ new home.


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