witch hazel family

witch′ ha`zel fam`ily


n.
a family, Hamamelidaceae, of trees and shrubs with simple alternate leaves, flowers in clusters, and aggregates of beaked fruit capsules: includes the sweet gum and witch hazel.
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The Hamamelis, or witch hazel family, is a group of plants that grow as large shrubs or small trees.
While I am a strong proponent of using native plants in the garden, the witch hazel family member that I prefer is a hybrid.
Red gum is part of the witch hazel family. Belonging to yet another group are black gum and tupelo, which are members of the dogwood family.
As a member of the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceace, sweet gum is generally believed to be part of a group of plants that is early on the evolutionary scale.