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Corylus avellana 'Contorta' | Corkscrew Hazel - 60-70cm, 5lt

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' | Corkscrew Hazel - 60-70cm, 5lt

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Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is an unusual, deciduous, multi-stemmed, suckering shrub, well-known for its stunning contorted and twisted branches that curl and spiral in all directions. Long, golden yellow catkins appear in late winter or early spring, before the foliage, and hang loosely from the branches like ornaments. The leaves are ovate, dark green in summer, yellow in autumn. Usually does not produce fruit. Corylus avellana 'Contorta' likes rich, moist but well-drained soils, but tolerates average garden soil. Heavy clays should be avoided. It thrives in full sun to part shade. Root suckers should be removed to maintain its appearance. Generally, pest-free. It can withstand frost and wind. Corylus avellana 'Contorta', with its unusual appearance, makes a stunning specimen plant, especially in winter garden. It is a great choice for hedges and screens, shrub borders, patio edges, or along sidewalks. Perfect for informal and cottage gardens. Suitable for containers and growing on roof gardens.
  • Common Name

    Corkscrew Hazel, Harry Lauder's walking stick

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    long, golden yellow catkins

  • Foliage

    ovate, dark green in summer, yellow in autumn

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

alkaline and neutral soil, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period


winter, spring


spring, summer, autumn



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