A deciduous multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that forms a rounded thicket. In spring, male flowers appear in showy, 2-3 in. long, yellow catkins and female flowers develop as small, reddish, inconspicuous catkins. In July, female flowers mature into egg-shaped, 1/2 in. long, edible nuts which are encased in husk-like bracts. Quail, grouse, blue jays, squirrel and deer feed on various parts of the plant. Fall color varies from combinations of orange, rose, purplish red, yellow and green to dull yellowish green. Nuts are edible.
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American Filbert; Hazelnut
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