Hazel Catkins

One of the very first harbingers of spring is the appearance of catkins on Hazel trees (Corylus avellana).  Here’s a close-up from Nic Cairns, taken on St.Ann’s Allotments……

hazel catkins

The catkins, also known as “lamb’s tails”, are spikes of male flowers, which dangle in the wind and allow the hazel pollen to be distributed.  Thanks to Nic for the photo.

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