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catkin

an inflorescence consisting of a spike, usually hanging, of much reduced flowers of either sex: occurs in birch, hazel, etc.

catkin

[′kat·kən]
(botany)
An indeterminate type of inflorescence that resembles a scaly spike and sometimes is pendant.
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While the trees will extend the seasons with the catkins and early flowers, we have in addition planted a number of species for the colours and textures of their bark such as the Himalayan birch with its strikingly white trunk.
In your case I would take off a few selective branches rather than trim it to shape all over and you'll only lose a few catkins.
He found that only the diet, composed of either catkins o r leaves, mattered.
It has elegant catkins that arrive in mid-winter and last until early spring.
Hazel catkins are golden, but those of the other two species create the purple haze.
The bright green catkins of the silver birch hang down and are slowly joined by pale green leaves.
This resilient, slow-growing shrub bears a mass of catkins in early spring and its unusual twisted stems and branches will be a real feature in your garden.
About three weeks after the elm turned green, the oak turned yellow/green with catkins and small new leaves.
A HOW about corylus contortais, a gorgeous, twisted stem variety of hazel, which is covered with long, hanging catkins at Easter.
Those soft, silky protuberances are male flowers of catkins.
This is an evergreen, which produces long green catkins throughout the winter.