Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Hazel is a tremendous wildlife resource; its yellow catkins ("Lamb's tails") are an invaluable source of early pollen for bees, and its nuts, an iron age human staple, are a boon for insects and small mammals. Not only is it an important hedging constituent (it is part of our conservation and edible hedge mixes) because of its speed of growth and habit, but it is widely used for all manner of traditional coppice products. There are a large number of funghi associated with it too.
Hazel has been an important economic constituent of managed woodland since the Middle Ages, and we include it in our trees for wood fuel collection. Planted as a short lived understorey and regularly coppiced, Hazel is produced not only straight but incredibly pliable rods. From Neolithic times these were used for making wattle for hurdles, fencing, and wattle and daub walls, and hedge layers always find them helpful for making stakes and binders. The Romans grew Hazel and for the Celts it was the tree of knowledge, and their druids carried Hazel rods. The Grey Squirrel's liking for Hazel nuts means that Hazel woods are sadly no longer self regenerative. If you fancy the nuts yourself, have a look at our Filberts and Cobs.
Provenance certificates are available on request for Hazel plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Hazel trees is donated to The Tree Council
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Hazel trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March (please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Hazel between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.