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Corylus avellana

Hassel Hassel Hassel Hazel

 

Common in Denmark and south Sweden, as well as coastal areas of Norway, where the northern limit is reached around Bodo.

 

It never really takes the form of a tree, it has several trunks, though it can grow up to 6 m tall. It has large, broad heart-shaped leaves. The bark is smooth and light brown. The flowers open in spring well before the leaves emerge. While the pale yellow male catkins are obvious the female flowers are reduced to a small tuft of red styles protruding from an other wise normal looking bud.The nuts are a often eaten by squrrils as well as humans!