Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is an attractive cultivar in the Betulaceae family. It is easily recognised by it's twisting branches and twigs. Flowers are arranged in catkins, which appear before leaves in the early spring and are a pale yellow colour. The leaves are dark green, turning yellow in the autumn, they are round in shape and have a rough texture.
Generally not harvested but stems can be taken for floral arrangements.
Attracts useful insects
The contorted branches provide winter interest.
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
This low maintenance tree can be used as hedging or screens as well as being included in Informal Garden, Wildflower meadows or Wildlife Gardens for architectural interest.
Can also be attacked by caterpillars, sawflies and squirrels.