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This is a tree a pal gave to me. He bought it as prebonsai and put in the ground for a few years. When he dug it up to pot it he discovered, to his dismay the trunk was completely hollow. It was chopped and put back into ground to be an ornamental in the garden. It only put out very leggy shoots and he thought it would take too long to turn into anything. In the spring of 2017 I took it off his hands and sorted through all leggy growth and kept 3. The first two growing seasons I thought the hollowed trunk was the feature to present as a front, but this year I've changed to the opposite side. Eventually it will go into a round pot. The flower chains are only beginning to extend.
 

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Is this one blooming size yet? I'd love to see it in bloom.
It’s blooming size!! They still need to extend more. They get about two inches long. It’s pretty chubby.
 

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No fragrance that I can tell. My nose ain’t what it used to be. Didn’t notice it last year either.
I have a winter hazel (corylopsis spicata, spike winter hazel). The flowers are definitely nicely fragrant though not overpowering. They do attract lots of bees
and also I find that yellow or white "crab" spiders love to hang out in the flowers waiting for bees to catch.

There is also a smaller variety corylopsis pauciflora (buttercup winterhazel) that I have in the garden, the flower spikes are much smaller but otherwise look similar.
That one doesn't seem to be as fragrant to me. Yours looks like spicata, how long are the flower spikes?
 

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I was looking at a witch hazel today, debating whether it was to big to dig or not. A 5+ inch trunk, and roots in sand soil that run down to China. It flowers off and on from September to January. Which is interesting. Cousin of the original tree above. So only moderately off topic.
 

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I was looking at a witch hazel today, debating whether it was to big to dig or not. A 5+ inch trunk, and roots in sand soil that run down to China. It flowers off and on from September to January. Which is interesting. Cousin of the original tree above. So only moderately off topic.
I have three Asian witch hazel in the ground, each a different color. They all bloom mid to late February. Quite the show in the depths of winter. A few warm days make them pop. The one below is new and hasn’t developed many blooms yet. The one in a pot has the best flowers and is owned by a friend. 2C6DE87F-142D-4C53-9B62-D29E93271A01.jpeg2C6DE87F-142D-4C53-9B62-D29E93271A01.jpeg893088EE-6143-4690-86B7-47D96F61BA76.jpeg
 

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I'm a huge fan of hollow trunks. But the branches pull away from you that way. So...I am in favor of your new front. Which is usually unlike me. But what a cool tree.
 

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"Winter hazel" and "witch hazel" are actually not hazel.

The first one is Corylopsis (pauciflora ?...), the other ones are Hamamelis.
You are absolutely correct 😃. This is our common names.
 

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