Corylus chinensis
Common name: 
Chinese Hazel
KO-ril-us chin-NEN-sis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, to 140 ft (40 m) in its habitat, spreading branches, forming a broad head.  Leaves alternate, simple, broad, ovate to ovate-oblong, 10-18 cm long, base obliquely cordate, evenly serrate; young expanding leaves are reddish-maroon.  Fruit 4-6 together, cup-shaped hull, toothed at apex.
  • Sun to part shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6?      Native to China, Yunnan.
  • Considered the most beautiful species of the genus.
  • Corylus: from korylos, the Greek name of the plant;   chinensis: of China.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: north of Benton Hall (spreading form); south of LaSells Stewart Center, along Western Blvd. (more upright form).
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  • plant habit, winter

    plant habit, winter

  • winter, male catkins

    winter, male catkins

  • flowers, male and female

    flowers, male and female

  • plant habit, summer

    plant habit, summer

  • shoot tip

    shoot tip

  • leafy shoot

    leafy shoot

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  • leaf, underside

    leaf, underside

  • fruit and leaves

    fruit and leaves

  • fruit and leaf

    fruit and leaf

  • fruit and nut

    fruit and nut

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

  • winter twigs, buds

    winter twigs, buds