Hazel (Corylus avellana) is a fast growing, deciduous plant. Hazel bears pendulous pale yellow catkins in February (known as lambs tails). Hazel catkins are a valuable source of early food for pollinating insects before the new leaves emerge. In late winter the sight of catkins means the sap has risen and spring will soon follow.
Hazel produce fresh large new pink tinged leaves which become lime green, turning to mid green in the summer and golden yellow in the autumn. The Hazel produces an edible nut also known as a cobnut. Hazel attracts dormice, squirrels and 70% of garden insects, which is great for the environment.
The stems of Hazel hedging plants can be coppiced and have been used traditionally for hurdle making amongst other things. Keep cut hazel sticks for plant and vegetable support.
Hazel hedge plants are also a valuable addition to a native farm hedging mix. Mixed hedgerows are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife as hedges play host to insects, berries and other sources of food for wildlife. Native mixed hedges also offer some winter protection for wildlife.
Hazel is a resilient plant, tolerant of most soils and can be planted as part of a mixed attractive hedgerow.
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