tree and flower

Please identify this tree for me. It was found in a park in Eindhoven, Netherlands.


I suspect this is a hazel (Corylus avellana) based on:

  • the leaves
  • the male flowers (not mature in your photo)
  • the fact that it is a common tree in Europe)

This one has twisty branches, so it could well be of a particular variety called "contorta".

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corylus_avellana#Cultivation_and_uses

A selection with twisted branches has been propagated horticulturally as Corylus avellana 'Contorta'.

  • $\begingroup$ Though providing links to supporting sources is ideal and often required when answering species-identification questions, citing random non-reputable links is harmful to constructive learning and often inaccurate. This is especially true of google search results, which are very often inaccurate. Please do the extra homework and find an image or description from a reputable source. (e.g., here or here). Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Dec 1 '17 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist Sorry for the link. I thought it would improve my answer because the male flowers in the wikipedia article or the link you suggest are mature ones. I removed it. Feel free to edit my post or propose another better documented answer. $\endgroup$ – bli Dec 2 '17 at 3:56
  • $\begingroup$ Well, you don't have to remove the link necessarily, but use it as cautionary evidence instead of direct evidence. If that makes sense....In general, though, if your best line of evidence is a link such as one from google images, it probably just means you need to keep searching for better evidence. So, keep the link if you'd like (with some note signifying its lack of reputability), but take the time to keep searching for better support :). Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Dec 2 '17 at 21:02

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