The beautiful lime green leaves open in early spring, growing singly on the branches and are of a pointed oval, slightly heart-shaped asymmetrical shape. Hazel can be pruned and cut back to encourage growth or shape. The leaves turn a greenish brown and pink in autumn staying on the tree longer than most species. The hazelnuts ripen by September and can be eaten straight from the tree or used for eating or baking. They provide food for birds and many small animals such as our endangered Dormice. Nuthatches are often seen taking the nuts into small crevices, wedging them in and proceeding to hammer away with their beaks until they crack the nuts. The Hazel has been around since Neolithic times and has been a source of food to man and wildlife. A happy and sympathetic tree it has always had close associations with man and his livestock and is a good tree to plant in these times when wildlife is in trouble. Fully hardy, it prefers sun or semi-shade and fertile well-drained soil. Makes a good hedge and beneficial to wildlife. For hedging please ring for bulk price. Common Name: Hazel/Cobnut Latin Name: Corylus avellana Soil: Most soils Habit: Deciduous spreading Position: Full sun, will take partial shade. Flowering period: Spring Fruiting: Autumn. Colour: Yellow catkins, Hardiness: Fully hardy Special features: Self fertile, early flowering catkins, delicious nuts & beneficial to wildlife
- The Hazel Tree, also known as a Cobnut is one of the first trees to come into flower, in late January. Both male & female flowers are produced on the same tree appearing long before the leaves, adding a splash of colour on the winter landscape.