Hazel seedling identification. Corylus avellana

Hazel seedling with roots

 

Plant identification. Hazel seedling. 

Corylus avellana. 

The first true rounded, serrated edged  leaves grow quickly 

The protective nut shell from where the Hazel germinated is still attached.
 
Hazel can be a bit of an unwanted weed shrub if the seedling is given the opportunity to take root. The seedlings are easy to pull up when small but will need digging up if the plant is more than a year or two old.

Hazel nut seedling and roots

 

Here is a time-lapse of the male hazel catkins. The small red female stigmas protrude from the bud. The pollen sticks to the ends of the stigmas and fertilises the plant.

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