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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ | Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick

CHARACTER
Completely bizzare and fantastical, a plant with wonderful winter interest. Corkscrew twising branches are other-worldy. The twisted leaves are heart-shaped and toothed and quirky catkins. Is great as specimen, especially in winter with an evergreen backdrop.
CARE
Needs a bit of thinning to maintains respectable appearance. Can be pruned at any time. When watersprouts emerge without corkscrew form, try to suppress.
NOTES
Can be on the costly side, but young plants can be pretty interesting. Related to European Filbert
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Pendula’ Dir describes it as an “inverted soup bowl” 8′/16′
IMG_5057.JPGZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 4 – 9 | full sun to light shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium to fast
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 8′/15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Dense, mounding and rounded, crazy branches
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2″ to 4″ irregularly and softly heart shapped
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. dark green, fuzzy, muddy yellow in fall
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | catkins are yellowish brown can be showy opens in Feb, has nicely colored red buds
STEM | corkscrew and striking


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NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL loamy, pH adaptable
Native to England, Europe and Northern Africa

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LINKS
Paghat’s Garden / Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

Dave’s Garden / Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

MO Botanical Garden / Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’