Common Hazel tree identification
The Common Hazel Corylus avellanais a small tree or shrub found in woodlands and hedgerows. It is native to Britain and grows throughout Europe and Western Turkey. In old woodlands it is usually multi-stemmed, having been cut repeatedly (coppiced), to provide wood for building or fencing.
Common Hazel tree identification – heart-shaped, hairy leaf with pointed tip, long male catkin, tiny female flower, bunches of hazel nuts. Male catkins open from December to April and Hazel nuts ripen by September. Wild tree nuts are usually eaten by squirrels but nuts are also produced in commercial quantities for use in confectionary and as feedstock for animals. Click on any photo to enlarge it.