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TheGreenManTheGreenMan Posts: 1,839
edited September 2021 in Plants
I keep seeing these everywhere. Some are big like this and others seem to pop out around verges etc and are about five feet high. 

Any idea what it is?

I appreciate the picture is rubbish as I couldn’t get any closer. It’s almost as tall as a house. 

I’ll try and get a pic on my next walk about but if anyone can ID it in the meantime I’d be, as always, very grateful. 




  • Could it be Cercis?
  • I was wondering if it was our old friend goat willow?
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,439
    edited September 2021
    Could it be Cercis?
    Rather unlikely to be Cercis when it is popping up all over the place.

    Maybe willow/may Lime/maybe Hazel....really cannot make out any detail.
    There is a Buddleja bottom left.

    Please can you try clear close ups to show a single leaf
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • I shall try and take a better pic tomorrow. I thought it a long shot. 

    Thank you. 
  • I finally got some better pics. I can’t get close enough to take a pic of one leaf (without trespassing!). 

    Hopefully these will help. 

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,439
    edited September 2021

    Thank you...much better.
    It is Corylus avellana...common name Hazel.
    The nuts are edible!
    You can see the tiny catkins...these are the male flowers...see your pic above trimmed
    They will sit there all winter and in spring 2022 will elongate.

    By the way I take my camera everywhere i go and often take pics of plants in peoples gardens.
    Abroad the local people have been fascinated...and so extremely kind...inviting us in to look at special plants.
    Giving us gifts of tropical fruits etc.
    It is a perfect way to start a conversation/meet neighbours etc.

    P.S my 2nd pic shows the tiny female

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Ooooooo thank you @Silver surfer

    I see my neighbour also has one so I could pop over and help myself to the nuts (she is the neighbour who doesn’t “do gardens”). 

    Once I’ve been in the area a bit longer I may feel more comfortable snapping pics of plants in neighbours’ gardens. For now I’ll be subtle. 😂

    I love how being in a new place is helping me to expand my knowledge of horticulture. 

    Thanks again. 🙏🏻
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,212
    You can enjoy them if the squirrels don't get them first. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I’ve not actually seen any in the gardens. Every bird you could think of plus hedgehogs and rabbits. Not seen a squirrel yet. Maybe the kites scare them off? 🤷🏽
  • Squirrels demolish them here, I get left all the nut shells.
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