Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
  • Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
  • Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
  • Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

£35.00

(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.
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How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Medium, Shrub - Large
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Alkaline, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Damp/Wet, Soil: Dry/Sandy
Special Features
Catkins, Suitable for Containers, Ornamental Bark

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