Posted: 20/01/2013 at 08:34
I've had a Corkcrew Hazel (corylus avellana Contorta) for some years now and it's outgrown my garden. I love it in winter and early spring for its "Triffid"-like winter appearance, as my neighbour calls it, the beautifully long catkins it produces in Jan/Feb, and the Long-Tailed Tits which arrive in a gang and work over it in search of aphids and the like for a good 10 minutes at a time. I also secretly enjoy the on-going competition with the squirrels to see who can collect the most Cobnuts.
By Summer though it's taken over my small back garden looming dark and menacing and these days covering a large proportion of the border.
I've tried pruning it, which is akin to herding cats.
So with regret and apologies to the L-T Tits and Squirrels it has to come out . Has anyone grown it sucessfully in a pot - I thought I might try taking cuttings?
P.S. As recompense to the wildlife and the rest of my plants I'm replacing it with Rosa Glauca