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Corylus colurna

Turkish hazel

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



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Plant details

A large, symmetrical, pyramidal tree originally from south-east Europe and Asia Minor that needs plenty of space. It has a single, bolt upright trunk with dark green leaves which flare yellow in autumn. In late-winter, before the leaves appear, the bare framework is covered in 5-8cm-long yellow catkins which yield clusters of edible nuts. It also produces high quality pinkish-brown timber that's commercially. The bark has corky furrows. It has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: colurna

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to plant: October to March

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