Hazel Hedging – Corylus Avellana


Corylus avellana, more commonly known as Hazel or Common Hazel, is a native deciduous shrub or small tree widely found across the UK and Europe. Celebrated for its multi-stemmed habit, valuable nuts, and its importance to wildlife, Hazel hedging is a quintessential part of the British countryside.


Introduction: Hazel Hedging, known scientifically as Corylus avellana, is a quintessential feature of the British landscape. Revered for its practicality and natural beauty, this native species plays a crucial role in both wildlife habitats and traditional landscaping.

Seasonal Splendour: Throughout the year, Hazel offers a changing tapestry of colour and form. In early spring, it is adorned with distinctive catkins – long, yellow, and pendulous – which dance gracefully in the breeze. These are followed by bright green, rounded leaves that form a dense canopy, providing privacy and shelter. As autumn arrives, the leaves turn to hues of yellow and gold, while the hedging is festooned with clusters of edible hazelnuts.

A Rich History and Cultural Significance: Hazel has deep roots in British folklore and history. It has been used for centuries in the craft of coppicing and in the creation of wattle fencing, hurdles, and traditional walking sticks. Its nuts, or ‘cobnuts’, have been a valued food source since ancient times and continue to be celebrated in British cuisine.

Wildlife Haven: Hazel Hedging is a boon for biodiversity. Its catkins are an important early source of pollen for bees, while the dense foliage provides nesting sites for birds. The nuts attract a variety of wildlife, including squirrels and woodpeckers, contributing to a vibrant ecosystem.

Growth and Maintenance: Corylus avellana is renowned for its robustness and adaptability, thriving in a wide range of soil types and conditions. It can be easily trimmed and shaped, making it ideal for formal or informal hedging. Hazel is also a popular choice for layered hedging, providing an effective windbreak and enhancing the structural diversity of the garden.

Culinary and Medicinal Uses: Beyond its landscape value, Hazel nuts are a nutritious and versatile ingredient, rich in protein and unsaturated fats. They have been used traditionally in herbal medicine, believed to support heart health and reduce inflammation.

Conclusion: Hazel Hedging is a celebration of Britain’s natural heritage, offering year-round beauty, ecological benefits, and a connection to historical traditions. For those looking to add a touch of rustic charm and practicality to their garden, Hazel is an exemplary choice. Discover more about this versatile hedging at Wiki/Hazel. Visit Harrods’ ‘Shop All’ to explore our comprehensive range of garden plants and hedging options.


Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants, Young Tree, Regular Tree

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 700-800cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing






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