Corylus avellana (Hazel)
Also known as: Cobnut
Native: West Asia, north Africa, Europe, including Britain
Location: Often grown for its edible nuts and as hedging. Coppicing produces thin flexible rods useful for woven fencing and diviners' rods. In the wild it forms bushy thickets 4-6m high and sometimes forms a small tree.
Leaves are coarse and hairy.
Male catkins expand to 3.7-6cm and shed their pollen in February and March, females are tiny red tassels.
Fruit ripen in October and make good eating.