Common hazel, European hazelnut (Eng.) , Haselneut (Afr.)
Hazelnuts are deciduous trees or shrubs, depending on how they are pruned. They produce delicious, rich nuts which fall from the tree in mid-autumn. This coincides with their leaves turning beautiful red and gold colours. The male flowers also add an interesting ornamental feature, as their dangling pale yellow catkins are a pretty, but unusual flower. Hazels are a host plant for the truffle - an expensive to purchase and rich-tasting mushroom.