Hazel – Coll
Hazel is a small tree with a spreading, bushy habit, it is a very useful trees that can produce multiple long straight stems that are strong and flexible. Used in by crafts people and gardeners and its nuts are loved by people and squirrels.
Hazel is often coppiced, but when left to grow, trees can reach a height of 9m and live for up to 80 years (if coppiced, hazel can live for several hundred years). The large, mid-green leaves are broad, almost round, with a serrated edge, and turn yellow in autumn. It has a smooth, grey-brown, bark, which peels with age, and bendy, hairy stems. . It produces yellow catkins in winter. Will create a dense screen in summer.
Site: Tolerates exposure
Soil: Any light, well drained soil, loves alkaline or neutral but will tolerate acidity
Season of interest: Autumn for nuts, Winter for its catkins
Hardiness: Very hardy
Height: up to 9m Spread: 8m