10. Hazel

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Hazel

Scientific name: Corylus avellana

Origin: Native to the UK

Key identifying traits: Leaves are round to oval, doubly toothed, hairy and pointed at the tip. Has a smooth grey-brown bark.

In the wood: May be found in broadleaf woodland within the understory layer. A smaller tree growing up to 12m tall. Produces nuts that are fed upon by many woodland animal species.

Uses: Hazel is often coppiced producing long, straight stems, useful for making many woodland craft items, including fences and tool handles. Also often considered a magical tree, good for making wands!