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Filbert

Corylus maxima

Also known as

Purple-leaf filbert, Kentish cob

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

5m

3m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Filbert Overview

An upright spreading deciduous tree native to south-east Europe. It is inclined to become a tree and has sticky hairs on the young twigs. Mid green leaves are heart-shaped or cordate and hairy. Has a longer tubular husk completely enclosing the elongated nut. It is best known as an ornamental by the cultivar 'Purpurea', which has deep, dark purple young foliage which softens to a dull greenish purple in summer.

How to propagate Filbert

Grafting

You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn, the cultivars by grafting in late summer.

Seed

Layering

By suckers or layering in late autumn to early spring.

Suckers

Other uses of Filbert

Banks, hedging, specimen