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Common Hazel Needs to be Pruned in Winter

Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 14:39

Common Hazels are small deciduous shrubs.

These plants reach a height of 4 to 8 metres. 

Common Hazel has a branched spreading habit. 

The flowers are yellow in colour.  These give way to edible nuts. 

They have rounded leaves that turn yellow in the autumn.  They have yellow, male catkins in early spring. 

They are indigenous to the UK, hence they are often used in wildlife gardens. 

This plant enjoys full sun or partial shade.  They prefer well-drained soil and chalky soil. 

Care needs to be taken well locating Corylus Avellana because they could overhang public walkways.  Leaf fall may look unsightly and cause walkways to become slippy.  The fruits whilst edible may be a possible nuisance when in amenity areas.

The Corylus avellana is quite an attractive plant and it produces tasty nuts. 

These plants should be pruned hard over winter in order to encourage multi-stem growth  and encourage the growth of large leaves. 

Corylus avellana can be used for cottage and informal garden designs.  It is a low maintenance plant and extremely wildlife friendly.  For example, it provides an early source of pollen for bees. 

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