Friday, February 13, 2009

Witch Hazel revisited

Witch Hazel - late blooming variety [Hamamelis vernalis]

Mary Birchard, a long-time Central Park birdwatcher and friend, writes in:

There is a magnificent and large specimen of Witch Hazel (blooming) just south of the SW corner of the Reservoir .

By the way:
The "witch" in Witch Hazel has nothing to do with witches but comes from the old English word “wych” meaning pliable branches.