Rusty Duck’s bloomers of 2015 includes a Hamamelis. I’m only just discovering these plants, and find their blossoms really startling to look at.
From their shape, and the time of year when they flower, I wondered if they might be some evolutionary oddity, maybe wind-pollinated like willow, but with purely coincidental or vestigial flowers, despite their attractiveness.
Turns out that, even in a cold early winter, Hamamelis can be pollinated by specific moths. Shivering, snow-covered moths: who knew?