Common name: Buttercup winter hazel
Corylopsis pauciflora is a sight for sore eyes in the winter garden when this deciduous shrub at the entrance to the Sino-Himalayan Garden is covered with pale yellow flowers . It is in the same family with witch hazels and is one of the smallest members of its genus. Its genus name comes from the Greek word for 'hazel', which it resembles, and 'pauciflora' refers to the smaller number of flowers on a raceme than other members of Corylopsis. By any other standard, it is certainly floriferous.
Close-up photo by Midge Oke