A particularly attractive tree, and much underused in this country. It makes a large, conical-shaped tree with a straight trunk and a curious, corky bark. This is the largest species of hazel, growing to 12-15m, and makes a fine parkland or statement tree. Unlike the common hazels, it doesnt sucker. Introduced in Britain in the late 1500's, when it was known as the 'Filbert Nut of Constantinople'. Very tolerant of dry conditions. The fruit are very well-hidden inside ornate, deeply incised husks. They are smaller than common hazelnuts, but lovely to eat.