Hazel - Corylus avellana

    Description

    Shrub to 6 metres, rather upright with smooth brown bark. Leaves rounded, sharp pointed, toothed, downy. Flowers appearing before the leaves. Male catkins yellow, pendent, female flowers tiny and bud like with red styles. Fruit a nut, solitary or several together, each enclosed in a leafy husk and is edible. Fresh twigs usually with red-tipped glandular hairs.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woods and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    January to March.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 421 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map