Turkish Hazel - Corylus colurna


    A medium to large sized tree which has slightly lobed, broadly-ovate leaves. Pendulous yellow catkins to 8cm in length. Nuts held within a deeply fringed husk.

    Identification difficulty

    Occasionally cultivated in parks, gardens, plantations and, increasingly, as a street tree. It is rare as a truly wild tree in Britain.

    When to see it

    Catkins in early spring, followed by nuts.

    Life History

    Deciduous tree.

    UK Status

    It is rare in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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