A deciduous, bushy hedging plant which responds well to trimming. Hazel produces edible nuts in late winter/ early spring. Native to UK.
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- Flower Colour: yellow catkins
- Foliage Colour: green, turning to yellow in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 4-8m (13ft-26ft)
- Flowering Period: late winter
- Tolerance: shade tolerant, pollution tollerant
- Growing Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: sheltered, exposed
- Rate of Growth: medium
- Final Size if Untrimmed: large shrub or small tree
- Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects. Edible nuts attract birds and squirrels.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 60-90cm (2ft-3ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: alkaline, neutral, loam, chalk, sand
- Moisture: well drained, moist but well drained
- Planting Distance: 40-50cm (1'4"-1'8")
Hazel hedging will grow in almost all well-drained soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.
Hazel can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.