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Contorted or corkscrew shrubs are popular features, few more so than the corkscrew hazel or Harry Lauder's walkingstick. The hazel species, C. avellana, is too large for most gardens except in boundary hedges, but many garden varieties are more restrained. The corkscrew hazel will ultimately reach 6m (20ft), but only half that in 25 years because it is slow-growing. Winter is its season, when the curiously contorted stems stand out against a clear sky and then develop their fine catkins before the spring foliage appears. Fully hardy, this shrub prefers sunny or semi-shaded sites in fertile, well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: November to February
My corkscrew hazel coming into leaf always suffers from a form of a droopy leaf curl. Can anyone help please.
There does appear to be a lot of tiny mites on the undersides of the leaves.
Lovely yellow catkins.
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