Hamamelis vernalis commonly known as Ozark witch-hazel from the Ozark mountain range is one of our two native witch-hazels. Its relative Hamamelis virginiana (the American witch-hazel) blooms in late fall with bright yellow flowers while Hamamelis vernalis blooms in late winter / early spring with smaller, yellow-orange-red and even purple colored flowers. Inconspicuous to say the least... most people won't even notice this shrub in bloom - unless of course your observant and looking for a unique winter treat. Stick your face into the blossoms of Ozark witch-hazel and experience a wonderful aroma.
An odd family the witch-hazels are flowering when no other plants are in bloom - attracting the lone and rarely seen winter pollinator. These pollinators include bees, flies or even gnats.