My Witchhazel Never Flowers

Q: I have a spring-blooming witchhazel. It looks healthy but never flowers. I pruned it late fall to see if that might stimulate something. 

A: If you pruned it in the fall, that’s the whole problem. Some witchhazels bloom in spring and other species bloom in fall. Spring-blooming witchhazel forms its flower buds the previous summer and fall. By pruning in fall, you are removing the flower buds. I say leave it alone and let it bloom when it likes.