In addition to bloom time, flower color and petal length help separate the two species. The petals of Hamamelis virginiana (left) are two to three times longer than Hamamelis vernalis and are more lemon yellow with very little, if any, infusion of red in the petals. The shorter petals of Hamamelis vernalis (right) will vary from yellow to orange to red. While both species are fragrant, Hamamelis vernalis is considered to be more intensely fragrant.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Hamamelidaceae, Hamamelis vernalis, vernal witchhazel, witch hazel, shrub, deciduous