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Corkscrew Hazel

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Also known as

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Twisted Hazel, Hazel nut

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

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Corkscrew Hazel Overview

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.

Common problems with Corkscrew Hazel

Can also be attacked by caterpillars, sawflies and squirrels.

How to propagate Corkscrew Hazel



By detaching suckers.

Special features of Corkscrew Hazel

Attracts useful insects

Winter colour

The contorted branches provide winter interest.

Other uses of Corkscrew Hazel

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.

Multi Stemmed Trees

With a little formative work these trees can be trained into multi- stemmed specimens.

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