Native Witch Hazel

Asked September 7, 2019, 10:52 AM EDT

My leaves on my witch hazel are turning brown and getting dry on the edges. It was planted a year ago and gets full sun. Any thoughts?

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Hi -- This looks like leaf scorch. It can be caused by drought conditions or other problems that impair water uptake.
The native witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) prefers moist soil and does dont tolerate very dry situations.

New plants typically need about 12-18 months for their root systems to establish into the native soil and may need supplemental watering during this time period.
You can check your soil moisture by using a garden tool or screwdriver to dig down to about six inches. If the soil feels warm and dry, you need to water. If it is cool/moist, it is fine. Here is some information on watering new plantings.

A light layer of mulch (no more than 2-3" deep and placed about 6 inches away from the main trunk) can help to maintain soil moisture.