Winter Hazel Corylopsis spicata blooming but not for long
Our winter hazel is in full flower now. It's in the same family as the witch hazel Hamamelidaceae and a native to E. Asia. The pendant flowers are small but numerous and quite unusual. Sort of like flowers of a shrimp plant in form with its stacked bracts and quite apparent because it is borne on bare branches. The leaves are also quite unusual with deeply lined veins much like the leaves of the hornbeam tree, and especially noticeable on newly developing leaves.
This is quite a stunning shrub especially in a spot where nothing else is flowering. My wife hated the spreading habit and severely cut it back which made if flower more and she now loves the flowers and the look of the plant so much so that it has become one of her favorites.