Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
(Corkscrew Hazel or Harry Lauder's Walking Stick) An exceptionally popular, ornamental plant with twisted stems, Corylus avellana 'Contorta' was first found in a Gloucestershire hedgerow in the mid-nineteenth century.
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An exceptionally popular, ornamental plant with twisted stems, Corylus avellana 'Contorta' was first found in a Gloucestershire hedgerow in the mid-nineteenth century. This original plant can still be found growing at Myddelton House in Middlesex.
It has amazing, gnarled and twisted branches and forms a dense rounded shrub. The contorted branches have great interest all year round, especially winter and it also has masses of small, creamy-white catkins in early spring. A superb shrub with year round interest!
- Position: Full sun or partial shade.
- Soil: Any fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: January to March (Catkins).
- Rate of Growth: Slow.
- Habit: Corylus avellana 'Contorta' grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, densely branching shrub with contorted, twisting stems.
- Height: up to 3 m (10 ft) in many years.
- Spread: 3 m (10 ft).
- Notes: The twisted stems of Corylus avellana 'Contorta' are often used to help create eye-catching flower arrangements.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Medium (1.5m - 3m), Shrub - Large (3m+)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Alkaline, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Damp/Wet, Soil: Dry/Sandy
- Special Features
- Catkins, Suitable for Containers, Ornamental Bark