Hazel Corylus avellana - 60-80cm
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THESE BARE-ROOT PLANTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH.
Hazel (Corylus avellana) is a large, native shrub sometimes growing into a small spreading tree. It is an important component of a mixed hedge and will grow in most soils and condtions. If left, Hazel can grow up to 8m in height and live for 80 years! If managed by pruning it can live for hundreds of years! The yellow, male, 'lamb's tail'-like catkins appear before the leaves and hang in clusters from mid-February. Female flowers are tiny and bud-like with red styles. Nuts with a woody shell surrounded by a cup of leafy bracts form in autumn. An important species for wildlife such as; hazel dormouse, which eats the caterpillars it finds on the leaves and the nuts to fatten up for winter. Hazelnuts are also eaten by woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays and native mammals such as red squirrel, wood mouse and bank vole.