Corylus maxima 'Purpurea'

Filbert

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (12705)

Plant details

The filbert species, C. maxima. Is an attractive and useful green-leafed shrub or small tree for hedges, with good crops of nuts. The variety usually grown in gardens is this purple form, with opulent deep purple foliage that rivals any other shrub of this shade. The male catkins, suspended from the bare branches before the new spring foliage develops, are reddish-purple with yellow highlights, and an attractive feature in themselves. Unusually for an ornamental variety, the edible nuts (filberts) are produced in good quantities. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Corylaceae

Genus: Corylus

Species: maxima

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February


Reader reviews

eashe

i have a filbert tree i got at gardeners world live from the the plant swap. i found this page usefull as i have never kept a filbert before.


eashe

i have a filbert tree i got at gardeners world live from the the plant swap. i found this page usefull as i have never kept a filbert before.


eashe

i have a filbert tree i got at gardeners world live from the the plant swap. i found this page usefull as i have never kept a filbert before.


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