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Corylus avellana 'Fuscorubra'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (226770)

Plant details

More of a large, multi-stemmed shrub than a tree, its purple leaves are the big attraction. When grown as a background plant, the foliage makes a highly effective backdrop for white summer flowers or the golden/silvery spires and plumes of flowering grasses, like Stipa gigantea. The second attraction is the show of muted green catkins in late winter and early spring. Also note the edible nuts. It dislikes shallow soil which quickly dries out in summer.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: avellana

Cultivar: Fuscorubra

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant: October to October

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