Catkins blossom on a hazel tree next to the Fitzrovia Mural at Whitfield Gardens

Male and female blossom on hazel tree.

Early February and catkins hang from a hazel tree. The Fitzrovia Mural is in the background.

As we approach mid-February catkins can be seen hanging from a hazel tree on Tottenham Street next to the Fitzrovia Mural in Whitfield Gardens public open space.

Hazel has both male and female flowers on the same tree, although hazel flowers must be pollinated by pollen from other hazel trees. The yellow male catkins appear before the leaves and hang in clusters up to 12 cm long, from February. Female flowers are tiny, bud-like and red in colour.

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