She's been growing since 2007, when I bought her as a tiny stick at Portland Nursery. I couldn't afford to buy a sizable plant at the time, so I got a 1-gallon pot for $17 or so. Endora was just a stick baby when I first got her.
Since then, she's grown tall and more vase-shaped, spreading out over the back flower bed. The first few winters, she held on to her dried brown leaves, shedding them in spring. I think she was just trying to keep warm.
Although clothed for winter, she never bloomed.
Which brings me to today.
|Hamamelis virginiana (American Witchhazel)|
I'd generally be looking for flowers in January or February, but Endora seems a little screwed up this year. Like a Christmas Cactus that blooms at Easter.
The flowers are "fragrant", but not in a nice perfume way, more in a medicinal way. Her fall color should turn a deep, golden yellow as fall progresses.
|Beautiful fall color.|
|View across the front yard.|
We'll see if she's old enough now to go through winter in the buff.