A breathtaking species of winterhazel native to wooded regions in Japan. In the garden, plants form moderate-sized shrubs some 5’ tall and 8’ wide at maturity. Clear-yellow, fragrant flower racemes drip from the zigzag branches in spring prior to leaf emergence. Soon after flowering, purple tinged foliage emerges and ages to deep blue-green. Overall an excellent multipurpose shrub for use in many areas.