Corylus cornuta var. californica

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Species Name: Corylus cornuta var. californica
Common Name: Western Hazelnut

Hazelnut is a woodland shrub with graceful branches and dangling catkins in winter. In summer, leaves are deep green and the shrub bears edible nuts. Grows well with Rhododendron, Vaccinium and Rubus. Part of Native American diet in Santa Barbara area.

Plant Family: Betulaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-20' H
Growth Habit: Multi-trunked
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 6300'
Flower Season: Late winter
Flower Color: Catkins
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay area, to British Columbia.
Natural Habitat: Moist, shady places. Elevation: below 6300'

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