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Common Hazel

Corylus avellana

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Corylaceae (Hazel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Catkins of this tree are sometimes referred as 'lambstail' catkins. The male lemon-yellow catkins hang loosely, while the female catkins are much smaller and erect.
Fruit:
A white nut, enclosed in a thick, jagged, toothed, lobed, green husk. Sometimes the fruit are called cobnuts, or filberts.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree or shrub. Roundish leaves, soft textured and up to 12cm in size, often tinged purple. Double-serrated leaf margins. The leaves turn yellow in autumn.
Maximum Size:
6 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The nuts can be eaten raw or roasted. They are high in protein.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Cobnut, European Filbert, European Hazel, European Hazelnut.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, scrub, woodland.