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March

Slow Flower of The Month

Japanese witch hazel

Japanese witch hazel

Scientific Name :
Hamamelis japonica
Family :
Hamamelidaceae
Genus :
Hamamelis

The flowers of the Japanese witch hazel cover the branches with its curious curly yellow ribbons at this time of the year. Its flowers are what make Japanese witch hazel stand out, but the tree itself has a close link to our lives since the ancient days.
The young leaves are plucked and dried under the sun to use the tannic acid in the leaves as hemostatic, and also drinking it as brewed tea stop diarrhea and treat dermatitis.
The soft elastic branches were used to tie things together, such as putting together the famous rafter roofs of the houses in the world-heritage site, Shirakawago.

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