Hazel Corylus avellana

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A spreading small tree with red-brown bark, growing up to 10m

Catkins appear in late winter, followed by nuts that ripen in late summer and are eaten by small mammals such as mice

Widely planted as a coppice tree: its straight, flexible branches were used for fencing, hurdles and thatching

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Val Redman