Hazel female flowers

To accompany his photo of Hazel catkins from a couple of weeks ago, Nic Cairns has contributed an image of the female flowers….

hazel flower

The female flowers are much smaller and less conspicuous than the prominent male catkins, but quite striking when spotted.  They will be pollinated via wind by another Hazel, (an individual plant cannot self-pollinate), and will then develop into the familiar nuts.

Thanks to Nic for the photo, taken at Ecoworks Community Garden.

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