The Common Hazel is easy to identify in winter because it bears male catkins which open to release pollen at any time between late December and late April.
The pollen is wind dispersed. The catkin turns yellow and if you flick the catkin with your finger it will release a yellow dust consisting of fine pollen grains. Each grain contains male DNA.
I spotted these on my way to the shops this morning – don’t they look pretty?
Hazel catkins in winter
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