Description:The Contorted(corkscrew) Hazel is a compact deciduous tree and it is very well suited to a small garden. Long yellow catkins grow on the bare branches in springtime. The leaves are a lovely yellow colour in Spring , changing to green in Summer and back to yellow in the Autumn. This tree looks fabulous when it is bare in the Winter as you can see the twisted branches so well at this time. For all of these reasons
History and folklore:Hazel is the “tree of knowledge” in Irish traditions. Coll, the Irish name for Hazel is the name of the letter “C” in the ancient Ogham alphabet, the earliest form of written Irish. Its importance in prehistoric Irish society is further reflected in being granted the highest rank as a “noble of the wood” in the 8th Century tract Bretha Comhaithchesa. Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick derives its name from Hazel.
Uses:Hazel is an extremely useful tree due to its strength and flexibility. Hazel wood is/was used in fencing, furniture, thatching, in wattle and daub walls, ancient road building and bowls.
The Hazel nut was a welcome seasonal source of food and hazel nut fragments have been found Mesolithic house excavations in Mount Sandel, Coleraine, dating back 9000 years. The nuts are rich in vitamin B.
Planting information:Plant in full sun or semi-shade.
Approximate height when delivered:2ft – .60m
Mature height and spread:In 20 years the height and spread will be approx. 4 metres x 4 metres