Beaked Hazelnut Corylus cornuta
Family: Betulaceae (Birch)
This is a fairly common shrub in Ontario and is quite
distinctive in the winter by both its buds and bark.
It usually grows to about shoulder height. There are
actually two main species, Beaked and American Hazelnut. As a member of the birch family, hazelnuts have winter catkins as
The end bud of Hazelnut. Notice how one or two exposed scales are much hairier than the others.
This is diagnostic and easy to spot.
A lateral bud
Another view of the twig
As a member of the birch family, Hazelnut has winter catkins
The distinctive fruit
Hazelnut bark has a unique appearance.
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