The catkins of Corylus avellana
The catkins of Corylus avellana
Multi-stem Corylus avellana on the Barcham Trees nursery
Small - multi-stem Common Hazel, Cobnut, Filbert from this batch

Corylus avellana

Common Hazel, Cobnut, Filbert

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small specimens are 1-1.5m tall

Corylus avellana, also known as Common Hazel, is native to the UK and has long been cultivated for not only its Hazelnut production but also grown and regularly coppiced to produce poles for naturalised fencing and for wattle and daub building.

The Common Hazel has bright green, fairly rounded foliage which appears in spring after the striking display of long yellow catkins or “lambs tails” in Jan/Feb time.  The hazelnuts are produced in abundance throughout the summer, finally ready for harvesting in the autumn.

Corylus avellana is a sturdy, traditional hedging plant that is widely used throughout the UK on field boundaries.  It also works well for under planting in a woodland/densely planted area as it can tolerate shade. 

At Barcham we supply the Common Hazel as a multi-stem, coppiced, specimen which can be used to infill a hedge or indeed create one!  In 2007 our neighbour planted an Instant hedge of Hazel which is now doing extremely well; if you come and visit Barcham, be sure not to miss it!

Whether planted as a hedge, or an individual specimen, Corylus avellana benefits from routine coppicing to just 5-10cm above the ground, on a five year cycle.  This is best done after the catkin display in Feb/March and whilst you will sacrifice the nut crop for that season, coppicing will invigorate growth and the tree will grow back quickly and be more vibrant and full in response.

A hardy contender, this tree will thrive in most soil conditions.  It can be planted for a myriad of purposes ranging from in gardens for hazelnut production to on the boundary of farmland for hedging; it is a truly versatile native treasure.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Hedging, Multi-stemmed,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Spring, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.