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Hazel (Corylus avellana)

hazelnuts
hazelnuts

You could say that the Hazel (Corylus avellana) is more like a shrub than a tree. A shrub is a woody plant that is actually a bit smaller than a tree.

Perhaps the main difference between the two is that shrubs have a number of stems growing from ground level as opposed to one trunk like what you get with trees. But don’t be misled with shrubs being smaller than trees because they vary in size and some like the common Hazel can be quite large so that it is called a tree.

The Hazel can grow into a tree with a single stem, but when wildlife nibbles away at it , it develops and shapes into a bush.

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