Hazel, Corylus avellana

Hazel twig with catkins
Leafless and hairy Hazel (Corylus avellana) twig with male catkins and closed red buds
© Karen Andrews

When you are learning botany, it is helpful to watch a plant, shrub or tree pass through the seasons near your home. Taking regular pictures, (even imperfect ones on a phone), can help you notice seasonal changes. You gradually build up your own photo library to refer back to at a later date.

Coppiced Hazel

There is a coppiced Hazel shrub/tree near a pond not far from my home. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management. It exploits a tree’s ability to send out new shoots after being cut back. Hazel is particularly suited to coppicing.

Male catkins on a coppiced Hazel, Corylus avellana (11 December 2018)
© Karen Andrews

Various pictures follow to draw attention to key identification characteristics. 

Male Hazel catkins
Close-up of male catkin on Hazel, Corylus avellana. © Karen Andrews
Hazelnut in hand. Found under Corylus avellana, Hazel coppiced shrub/tree
© Karen Andrews

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