Corkscrew / Harry Lauder's Hazel Trees

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Corylus avellana Contorta

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Corkscrew Hazel, Corylus avellana Contorta, 4m x 4m

Intricately twisted branches, delicate yellow catkins and wonderful autumn colour make the Corkscrew Hazel an attractive presence in the garden all year round. Ideal for restricted spaces, this compact tree grows to 4m by 4m and is one of the most petite of our small garden trees. Broad green leaves emerge in spring, darken as the season progresses and turn a soft buttery yellow in autumn. Once the foliage falls, the architectural form is revealed and golden catkins dangle from the bare branches from late winter into spring. Our other nut trees can be viewed here.

Features

  • Final Height/Spread: 4m by 4m
  • Foliage: Deciduous, mid-green leaves turning buttery yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Native: Yes
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Uses: Small garden, specimen tree
  • Features: Architectural, contorted branches, long yellow catkins

Growing Corkscrew Hazel

A robust, versatile tree that thrives in almost all soils, in full sun or partial shade. It is particularly suited to chalky soils and tolerates exposed situations. Water regularly for the first year after planting, especially in dry conditions. Regular pruning is not necessary; simply remove dead, diseased and damaged material if required during the dormant period.

Planting Companions for Corkscrew Hazel

Perfect for sunny mixed borders in a cottage, informal or wildlife garden, the corkscrew hazel can be underplanted with a range of spring bulbs that will flower before the tree develops its foliage. It looks fabulous combined with other low growing perennials too, such as hellebores and winter aconites. As part of a winter garden display, it makes an ideal companion plant for dogwoods, willows and witch hazel.

Did You Know?

The Corkscrew Hazel's other common name is Harry Lauder's walking stick, after the famous Scottish singer and comedian's cromach staff. During Lauder's career at the beginning of the twentieth century, he performed in full Highland dress including kilt and twisted cane, singing Scottish-themed songs.

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