About This Plant

Hazel refers to the Corylus genus of trees and shrubs found primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. They are known for their serrated leaves and produce edible nuts, hazelnuts, used in cooking. Hazel wood is used in crafting and woodworking, and hazel trees have cultural and historical significance.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are simple, alternate, and broadly heart-shaped, with a serrated edge. They are dark green in color and turn yellow in the fall before dropping.

Produce

The plant produces inconspicuous flowers in the form of catkins. Male and female catkins are usually borne on the same plant (monoecious). The female flowers develop into nuts enclosed in a husk. The nuts are edible and often called hazelnuts or filberts.