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    Witch Hazel Tree - How Partial is Partial Sun?

    I want to plant a Witch Hazel tree between two old Maples. It would be a nice way to get a bit of privacy on that side of my backyard.

    Planting instructions say Full to Partial sun. Well, when there's no foliage on the trees (like right now and in the fall and winter) there's plenty of sun. In the middle of summer...not a whole lot.

    But how much sun does this guy really need? From the reading I've done, these trees are commonly found as underbrush sprinkled throughout forests. I think it should be just fine there, any thoughts?

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    RE: Witch Hazel Tree - How Partial is Partial Sun?

    Witchhazel prefers sun, but tolerates shade. Plants grown in heavy shade will have a more open form and less intense fall color.

    Witchhazel is shallow rooted and does not tolerate drought well, so mulching can help a lot. A layer of wood chip or well shredded or composted leaves around it 3 to 4 inches deep (Never deeper) and 3 to 5 feet wide is best. Keep it away from the trunk to prevent bark rot. And keep it watered well for the next few years if there is no rain.

    Here is info to help in correct planting of it:
    http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_planting.aspx

    Just to let you know here is info on Partial Sun:
    Partial Sun / Partial Shade: These 2 terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3 - 6 hours of sun each day, preferably in the morning and early afternoon.
    However if a plant is listed as Partial Sun, greater emphasis is put on its receiving the minimal sun requirements.

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    RE: Witch Hazel Tree - How Partial is Partial Sun?

    Oh good. Then it should be just fine.

    When the two surrounding trees are full of leaves it will still get some sun in the early morning until around 10 or so, and it will get some at sunset.

    And I'm already starting my stockpile of mulch.

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