Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for October 30th - November 13th, 2003
This is vernal witchhazel, Hamamelis vernalis.
It is one of two species of witchhazel that are native to the United States.
It is better known for its clear yellow fall color than for its flowers, which are
smaller and less conspicuous than those of other witchhazels. The flowers are
pungently fragrant and appear in winter or early spring. Vernal Witchhazel can
be grown in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8. You can find vernal witchhazel
in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
and in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.