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CORYLUS avellana
Common Hazel


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Main asset

Native shrub with edible fruits, hosting an important auxiliary fauna. It is widely used in hedgerows.

European shrub or small tree with multiple trunks forming a tuft of 10-12 branches up to 3-4 m. The leaves are deciduous, heart-shaped toothed with a tip. Male catkins of 6 cm, yellowish, appear in February-March ; female flowers spikes are erected.

The hazelnut is an edible fruit. It contains a single seed, the almond. It is protected by an involucre before maturity (bracts).

  • Uses: Natural hedges

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: deciduous
  • Habit: bushy
  • Height: 5 m x 3.50 m (16 ft x 11.5 ft)
  • Growth: medium to fast
  • Flowering period: January to March
  • Époque de fructification : September-October

Shape and colours:

  • Couleur du bois : beige
  • Foliage shape: heart shaped
  • Foliage colour: light green
  • Foliage colour in autumn: orange yellow
  • Flowers shape: catkins
  • Flowers colour: cream yellow
  • Forme des fruits : egg-shell
  • Couleur des fruits : brown


  • Exposure: sun, part-shade
  • Hardiness: - 30 °C (-22 °F - USDA zone 4b)