Hazel

Hazel

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Scientific Name:
Corylus avellana
Location:
Dawyck, D08 Map
Status:
Available for adoption

This small shrubby tree is naturally multi-stemmed. Such growth forms are also promoted by the practice of ‘coppicing’, in which the useful stems are harvested on a regular cycle.

This small shrubby tree is naturally multi-stemmed. Such growth forms are also promoted by the practice of ‘coppicing’, in which the useful stems are harvested on a regular cycle. The timber would often be split for use as wattle fencing.

All parts of the tree have been valued for centuries; its pliable roots were woven as baskets and fishing creels; its fruit is the oil-rich hazel nut, an important food source from Neolithic times.

(Image by Gavin Harris)

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