Corylus avellana Contorta

Corkscrew Hazel

A large shrub or small tree, Corylus avellana Contorta is a form of our native Hazel, found growing wild in an English hedgerow in the 1860's. It is well-known because of its unusual and very ornamental twisted branches. In some parts of Europe, the corkscrew Hazel is used in Easter celebrations: branches are brought into the house and decorated, much like a Christmas tree! The Corkscrew Hazel has dark green foliage producing good Autumn colour. In the Spring, the yellow, male catkin-like tassels are long and pendulous. An ideal specimen plant bringing excellent interest to the Winter and Spring garden. Can also be trained as a bonsai or use the branches in floristry.

Site: Normal exposure, avoid cold easterly sites
Soil: Well drained normal soils, tolerates clay soils
Position: Full sun, tolerate partial shade
Season of Interest: Yellow catkins in Spring, Autumn foliage, ornamental branches
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: up to 15ft (4.5m) Spread: up to 15ft (4.5m)

Type | Size: Pot | 5L
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