|American Hazelnut ~ Corylus americana|
American Hazelnut is an excellent shrub for understories or shady, well drained landscapes. It performs well under tree canopies providing good understory cover for birds and small mammals. It has a suckering habit, new shoots arise around the older stems. The large coarse leaves are very attractive and the overall form is an upright and branching.
American Hazelnut can reach heights of 15 feet or more in moist rich soils, but in drier upland sites, it's more commonly around 6 feet in height.
Downy Arrowwood flowers in mid to late May, tiny 5 parted white flowers arranged in a cyme.
A slender multi-stemmed shrub, that can reach heights of 10 feet when mature. There are some beautiful mature specimens at a local park, that have a vase shaped form with most of the leaves near the top of the cluster.
Spring migrating warblers always stop in our yard to investigate what insects they can find on both of these native shrubs. Other ground foragers such as robins and sparrows seem to like the cover these medium sized shrubs provide in our woodland landscape.