The leaves are alternate, simple, and dark green during the growing season. The leaf differs from Hamamelis virginiana in that they are cuneate (wedge-shaped) at the base, have 4-6 vein pairs and have a thicker substance to the leaf. Differentiating between the two species by leaf can be challenging as the differences are subtle.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Hamamelidaceae, Hamamelis vernalis, vernal witchhazel, witch hazel, shrub, deciduous