Corkscrew Hazel

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

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The Corylus avellana 'Contorta' can be recognised by it's twisting branches and twigs. Catkins appear before leaves in the early spring and are a pale yellow in colour. The leaves are a dark green, that turn yellow in the autumn, round in shape and have a rough feeling to them.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested but stems can be taken for floral arrangements.

Propagation

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Winter colour

Special features

Origin

Britain, Europe

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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.

Personality

Family

Betulaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by caterpillars, gall mites, sawflies and squirrels.

Related Problems

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