Hazelnut in Bloom!!

During the last week, I have been watching our American hazelnuts (Corylus americana) very closely because the male catkins have been rapidly elongating.  Yesterday, I tapped one of the catkins which released a yellow puff of pollen.  American hazelnuts are wind-pollinated and so the catkins should not be releasing pollen unless the female flowers are open.  Sure enough, close inspection revealed quite a few tiny red female flowers.  Spring is on the way!!

If you want to read more about my love affair with American hazelnuts, read the post I wrote for the Reedy Creek Coalition last year.

And of course, you can purchase your own American hazelnuts from Reedy Creek Environmental.  I usually manage to beat the squirrels to a few nuts.

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Close-up of male catkins

 

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