Corylus avellana 'Fuscorubra'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree





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photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (226770)

Plant details

On the borderline between a small tree and a large, multi-stemmed shrub, it's grown for its dark purple leaves. The green catkins produced in February and March are the second attraction, as are the edible nuts. Use 'Fuscorubra', sometimes still sold as 'Purpurea', as a dark background for a range of border whites which will really stand out against the dark foliage.

Family: Corylaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: avellana

Cultivar: Fuscorubra

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 450cm

Spread: 350cm

Time to plant: October to February

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