buttercup winterhazel Hamamelidaceae Corylopsis pauciflora
Leaf:Alternate, simple, broadly ovate, cordate base, 2 to 3 inches long, bristly serrated, sunken veins give the leaf a wrinkled appearance, dark green to blue-green above, paler beneath.
Flower:Attractive, pastel yellow, 1/2 inch long, in hanging clusters (1 to 2 inches long) of 3 to 5 flowers, appear before the leaves in early spring.
Fruit:Small, dry, 2-valved capsule.
Twig:Slender, glabrous, reddish brown, speckled in lighter lenticels; buds large, ovate, pointed.
Bark:Light gray-brown, smooth, becoming a bit scaly with age.
Form:A many branched, widely spreading, small shrub up to 6 feet in height.