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Walking
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Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

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Description:

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick was discovered growing in an English hedgerow in the mid-1800s.  This deciduous, twisted stemmed shrub usually grows to just 8-10'.   The species is commonly grown commercially for nut production but this cultivar usually does not produce nuts.  The light green leaves turn yellow in fall.   The branch form becomes quite noticeable in winter after leaf drop and provides great winter interest.   Twigs are used by florists in flower arrangements.   Be sure to plant in a prominent location in the landscape where it can be enjoyed.

 

Common Name: Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Hazelnut, European Filbert
Botanical Name: Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Type: Deciduous Tree/Shrub
Soil Preference: Will tolerate drought and dry soils but prefers well-drained soils.  The pH preference is acidic to slightly alkaline (6.8-7.7)
Light Requirements: Sun, Part Shade
Attributes: Twisted branches
Pests: Foliage and twig blight, green aphid, spider mite, leafhopper
Diseases: None serious.
Care: Fertilize with Holly-tone or Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, August 15th & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions: Trees & Shrubs

 

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Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Hazelnut
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Twisted branches;  stems and leaves curled and twisted just like Harry's crooked cane.
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous
Bloom Time: n/a
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8-10'
Spread: 6-10'


 

 

 

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Corylus avellana 'Pendula'
Weeping Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Hazelnut
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Weeping branches and dark green leaves.  Should be used as a focal point in the garden.  Grafted on a standard at about 48 inches.  Very similar to 'Contorta'
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous
Bloom Time: n/a
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-8'
Spread: 6-8'

 

 

 

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Corylus avellana contorta 'Red Majestic'
Red Corkscrew Hazelnut/Contorted Filbert
zones
 
Description:  A cross between the purple leaf Corylus and C. contorta which has twisted stems.  This Contorted Filbert flushes a deep purple-red foliage in spring.  Into the summer, the new foliage continues to flush red while the older leaves fade to green.  Red Majestic turns a one-season plant into a year round wonder!  It even has purple catkins and purple nuts.
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous
Bloom Time: n/a
Foliage Color: Red
Height: 8-10'
Spread: 6-8'
   
 

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