Vernal witchhazel is native to the Ozark Plateau in central North America. The
genus Hamamelis means "hooked fruit," referring to the hooklike appearance of the
dried seed capsules.
Identification: Plants are rounded shrubs that are typically about
8′ (2.4 m) around, sometimes becoming much larger. Leaves are wrinkly, medium- to dark-green, oval,
about 2-5″ (5-12 cm) long and half as wide, with prominent veins. In the fall, leaves are chartreuse or golden-yellow.
Flowers are fragrant, about ½″ (1.3 cm) long, with four wavy narrow petals that are bright yellow to dull- or red-orange, with red centers.