Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazel

Categories: Shrubs

Doubly-toothed, elliptic to ovate, bright green leaves (to 4” long) are rounded (sometimes cordate) at the base and generally hairy. Leaves turn variable but usually unexceptional shades of yellow in fall. Non-showy, monoecious flowers appear in catkins in spring (April). The drooping, sessile male catkins are pale yellow-gray and the tiny female catkins with protruding red stigmas are largely concealed. 

More About Corylus cornuta

  • The nuts from this plant may be roasted and eaten, but are usually left for the squirrels.
  • The filbert nuts produced in commerce come from hybrid plants (C. avellana x C. maxima)

Deciduous shrub that grows 4-8’ tall and as wide. It is typically found in rich thickets, woodland borders, along streams and in clearings. Female fruit is a hard edible nut (to 1/2” long) enclosed in a leafy, hairy, light green husk. As the common name suggests, the easiest way to identify this shrub is from the fruit: the husk (involucral tube) surrounding the nut extends beyond the nut by at least one inch to form a beak. Nuts ripen in late August and September.

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4-8 ft


4-8 ft

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Corylus cornuta Characteristics


  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Edging
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Mass Plant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Flower Color

  • Green