Slim and curvy, beautiful and mysterious, catkins gather in clusters just waiting to be admired. These heralds of Spring make a stunning display when trees are bare and the sky is blue.
Although a type of flower group, catkin flowers are not what we’d expect because they've evolved to catch the wind to pollenate. Spot them from January to May on hazel, alder, silver birch, oak and white willow.
Catkin is taken from the Middle Ages Dutch word katteken, meaning kitten, because of the obvious resemblance to a kitten's tail or to the fine fur found on some catkins.