Shrub or small tree. Leaves roughly egg-shaped, but asymmetrical, wavy-toothed, deciduous. Flowers in late autumn, after the leaves drop, sometimes after the first snows. Flowers have 4 long, crinkly, strap-shaped yellow petals and 4 tiny yellow sepals. They look almost like yellow insects. Fruit a brown capsule that takes a year to mature and then explodes, flinging the seeds out.
Occasional understory shrub in the woods. Best seen
along Wildwood Drive.
The wavy-edged, asymmetrical leaves are distinctive and easily recognizable. In flower, however, the plant is unmistakable.