In spring, hazel is laden with pretty 'lambs tail' catkins and in autumn it produces nuts popular with wildlife. This tree responds well to close pruning. Hazel is also distinguished in legend as a magical tree that provides protection.
Estimate full grown height: 10 metres or more, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Hazel trees grow an estimated 40-60cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Hazel is associated with the hazel dormouse, which eats the nuts as well as caterpillars it finds on the leaves. Hazelnuts are also eaten by woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays and native mammals such as red squirrel, wood mouse and bank vole.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: A shade-tolerant tree for non-acid well-drained to moist soils. Can be planted as part of a native hedgerow.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our hazel profile.