I live in Massachusetts, Northeast United States, Zone 6. The lowest temperature in our coldest months can go down to -10°F (-23°C), although it's usually a bit warmer.
While reading an article about local shrubs, I found mention of a witch hazel bush. Apparently it thrives well under the same soil and weather conditions as lilacs, pussy willows, and forsythias, all of which I have. What intrigued me most was that these bloom in the fall and winter, long after everything else has gone by.
Having never heard of one, I searched and found that the witch hazel genus, Hamamelis, includes a number of varieties, four of which are common in North America.
Out of those, Hamamelis virginiana seems to be my best option. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, and Missouri Botanical Garden, it's native to Eastern United States, and hardy in Zones 3-8. It has yellow blooms from October through December.
I'd really love to have a flowering bush that late in the year. However, before getting one, I just want to make sure that it's likely to grow here, and that it actually does bloom in those months.
Also, what is the proper way to spell that plant? I've seen it as witch hazel, witchhazel, and witch-hazel.