Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corkscrew hazel

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Plant details

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is a small hazel with contorted stems that stand out in winter against the clear blue sky. From late winter it bears golden-yellow catkins, before fresh green, twisted leaves appear. It's ideal for growing in a mixed sunny border or front garden, where its winter structure can be fully appreciated. It's also suitable for growing in a large pot. The twisted stems are useful in flower arranging. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Corylus avellana 'Contorta' in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

Family: Corylaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: avellana

Cultivar: Contorta

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Reader reviews


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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