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Beaked Hazel in Flower

Many shrubs really come into their own in the spring when they flower — not necessarily big, flashy flowers, but more subtle and delicate blossoms, with beautiful colors and designs.  Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta) is such a shrub. Its female flowers are now blooming – exquisite little maroon flowers with magenta highlights and pistils that curl this way and that in hopes of catching pollen.  One advantage to flowering before leaves are out is that there is less interference with pollen dispersal.  The entire flower is less than 1/4” in diameter.

4 responses

  1. Marcel Duhaime

    For years I have avoided blogs…until yours! I enjoy the daily reminder of all we have in the natural world that I have not made time to notice…until now! Thanks again for opening my eyes to what we have right outside our doors…

    April 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    • Thank you so much, Marcel. I really appreciate your kind words.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  2. What a great image! I came across some beaked hazelnut flowers earlier this week, but couldn’t get a good close-up image. They always remind me of something from a Dr. Seuss book!

    April 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    • A Dr. Seuss illustration is perfect! It was your photograph that alerted me to the fact that beaked hazelnut was in flower! Thank you so much.

      April 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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