Common Name: 
Winterhazel

About 30 species (or much less, depending on the taxonomic authority) of deciduous, usually spreading, shrubs or small trees, branches often pubescent when young.  Leaves alternate, short petiole, broadly ovate.  Flowers appear before leaves, in pendent clusters (racemes), enveloped in small, yellow, subtending bracts, 5 petals and 5 stamens.  Native from Bhutan (Himalaya) to Japan.
Corylopsis: from the Greek korylo, hazel, and opsis, appearance; referring to the similarity of the leaves in this genus to those of the genus Corylus (hazel).

Pronunciation: 
kor-i-LOP-sis
Family: 
Hamamelidaceae