Spring? Nature isn't reading the calendar, because more snow is on the way. Thank goodness, there are always more plants to consider that look amazing in the cold. The graceful narrow leaves of oriental spicebush turn pale tan in Winter—and remain on the branches no matter how long it takes for Spring to arrive.
They persist even as the early-season flowers emerge in April, and are shed only as new foliage follows. Shrubs don't need psychiatry, but this one seems nearly phobic about showing bare branches.