Purple-Leaved Cobnut Sapling Trees
Corylus a. maxima purpurea FilbertSaplings / Hedge Plants
- Any moist soil. Purple leaves.
- Vigorous, bushy tree. Edible nuts.
- Can be used as country hedging.
- Max. Height: 10m
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Corylus Maxima Purpurea Filbert Hedging
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The Purple Filbert Hazel or Cobnut, Corylus maxima Purpurea, is a variety of Filbert Hazel with superbly rich purple leaves. This ornamental tree is also a very productive cropper and its big, tasty nuts have a pretty, wine-purple tinge inside them. It is very hardy and suitable for any soil, although it is not quite as good in the shade as ordinary Filberts.
It is a good hedging plant, but we would recommend Common hazel (if you want nuts) or Copper Beech (if you want purple leaves) instead for this purpose: both are cheaper than Purple Hazel, which is much better as a specimen tree, with long pink catkins in early spring that attract hungry bees, followed by dark plum-purple foliage that turns into a jumble of different colours in autumn. It can reach about 8 metres if it grows freely as a tree.
Purple Hazel plants are delivered bareroot during winter (Nov-March) and pot-grown year round. Bareroot Purple Hazel trees are cheaper than pot grown plants. Pot grown Purple Hazel is available in the largest sizes. All our sapling trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots or pots aren't measured).
Spacing a Purple Hazel hedge:
It can be added to a mixed hedge. If you do, then plant it at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart
Growing Purple Hazel plants:
Filbert Hazelnut will grow well in pretty much any conditions. They are very tough plants that will grow in any soil, but we recommend planting them in full sun to get the best crops from them. If your site is in partial shade, we would recommend using Filbert Hazel instead.
They will not grow near the sea.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the area where you plant a hedge several months in advance, especially if the soil is poor. Destroy the weeds first: nettles, brambles and ground elder are tough and a glyphosate based weed-killer is the best way to remove them. Then dig the soil over; remove rocks, roots and other rubbish. Mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades. If your soil is rich, you don't have to dig it over, but killing all the weeds is still necessary.
If you are planting Purple Hazel as a hedge instead of a cropping tree, the only essential preparation is to kill the weeds in a strip a metre wide along the planting site: improving the soil should not be necessary. If your soil is exceptionally poor and dry, then digging in some well rotted manure and/or compost is worthwhile.
Watch our video on how to plant a country hedge for full details on planting purple hazel in a mixed hedge.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Hedge Planting Accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a hedge planting pack with sheets of mulch fabric and pegs to hold it down.
If you are planting in an area with rabbit and/or deer, you will need to use a plastic spiral guard for each plant, supported by a bamboo cane.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.