Chinese Witchazel Pallida
Few plants can lift you out of the winter doldrums as effectively as the Chinese Witchazels.
Blooming in February and March, the selection known as Pallida has beautiful and profuse sulfur-yellow flowers that are fragrant.
On warm days in late winter, the petals unfold, and if it gets cold again, the petals just curl up and wait for another warm spell.
This enables the plant to have a long season of bloom, before much else is out.
It is particularly beautiful with an evergreen background, as the flowers come before the leaves, and underplanted with some early spring bulbs such as Snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) The lustrous green leaves remain on the plant through summer.
Pallida will grow to about 10-15 high and equally wide.It is a cousin to our native Witchazel (Hamamelis virginiana), and serves as a good alternative to Forsythia.
Prefers a site in full sun or partial shade, with moist, well-drained acid soil.
Hardy to Zone 5.