SPECIES ID / Riparian Plants – Shrub

Beaked hazelnut


Corylus cornuta


Category: drought tolerant, pioneer
Height: 4.0 m
Berries: edible nuts
Moisture: medium
Shade: medium tolerant
Beaver Protection Required: yes
Habitat Notes:

Identification Tips:

• Multi-stemmed woody shrub
• Leaves, buds and first year twigs covered in white hairs
• Leaves alternate, oval-shaped, with sharp pointed tip and double saw-tooth edge; darker above than below; yellow in fall
• Spherical nuts enclosed in husks covered in prickly hairs with a 'beaked' shape at ends of branches, often in clusters

Restoration Notes:

• Nuts a valuable food for wildlife and in traditional Indigenous cultures
• Indigenous land management used prescribed burning to increase productivity