Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Also known as
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Twisted Hazel, Hazel nut
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20 years to reach maturity
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
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.
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Sun loving plants which can tolerate extremely dry conditions.