Corkscrew Hazel

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

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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.

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

The contorted branches provide winter interest.

Special features

Origin

Britain, Europe

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, 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 also be attacked by caterpillars, sawflies and squirrels.

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