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Witch Hazel Hamamelis mollis (Hamamelidaceae) HEIGHT to 4m. Rarely more than a small sprawling shrub, but sometimes grows into a small domed tree. BARK Greyish brown. BRANCHES Dense and mostly ascending. LEAVES Resemble Hazel leaves, and are alternate and mostly oval with pointed tips, a toothed margin and an unequal base. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Best known for its winter flowers, produced long before the leaves open. They are composed of long yellow, ribbon-like petals and red stamens, and are noticeably sweet-scented. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of China, introduced into Britain late in the 19th century and now found in parks and gardens and sometimes naturalized in open woodlands.