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Corylus avellana

Hazel

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Often grown as a large, multi-stemmed shrub rather than a tree, the common hazel has large, rounded, leathery leaves. It makes a good addition to informal shrub plantings, where is forms a useful backdrop to more showy species. Plants bear attractive, long catkins in spring which are followed in autumn by edible nuts. It responds well to coppicing and the resulting straight stems can be woven into screens and rustic plant supports. It dislikes shallow soil which quickly dries out in summer.

Family: Corylaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: avellana

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant: October to October


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