American Witch-hazel - Hamamelis virginiana
When mature, American Witch-hazel is nearly as wide as it is tall. The single trunk or multiple branches form a small tree or shrub, up to 30 feet in height. The flowers are distinctive; blooming in autumn, they are spidery in appearance with four thin petals. The leaves are rounded, asymmetrical near the base, with scalloped margins. The wood is reddish brown and heavy; the sapwood is white. With a wide range extending from the Great Lakes, to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, this species is one of three native Witch-hazels. A traditional extract is used to treat swelling.