Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna)

On the way to Borike, there is an unusual hazel tree which is over half a century old. It is a Corylus colurna tree, popularly known as Turkish hazel. The average age of this endemic species is about 200 years, but this unique specimen has existed for over 450 years.

During the Austro-Hungarian rule, the forest was cut down and only a Turkish hazel tree remained untouched on the charming little glade. Although many have tried to plant the fruits of this tree, no one has completely succeeded so far. However, about 100 seeds of this tree were planted two years ago, thirty of which were transplanted as young trees. Now, we can just wait expecting to see the results of our efforts.