Hamamelis are deciduous shrubs with broadly ovate or rounded leaves, sometimes colouring well in autumn, and fragrant yellow to red flowers with four narrow petals, borne on the leafless branches in late winter and early spring, or in autumn.
'Gimborn's Perfume' is even more fragrant. It is worthwhile cutting a few stems and bringing them indoors for the fragrance alone. However, the flowers are reasonably large and bright yellow, so it is a showy cultivar for the landscape.
Easy to grow in an acid to neutral, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.