Corylus chinensis Corylaceae
Chinese Hazel KO-ril-us chin-NEN-sis
- 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 togeter, 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).