Not much blooms in January, but even if there’s snow on the ground, the fragrant, yellow buds of witch-hazel may be popping open. Look (and sniff) for this woody shrub along rocky streams or in your local park. Lots of people like to plant witch-hazel for its sweet-smelling, early-blooming flowers and golden fall leaves. Deer will eat the leaves of witch-hazel, and turkeys will eat the seeds and flowers. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
Xplor turns 10 years old in February. Wahoo!
To celebrate, we’re asking readers to tell us what they think about the magazine.
If you’d like to give us the best birthday present ever, grab an adult and share your opinions at: mdc.mo.gov/myxplor
Angie Daly Morfeld