Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corkscrew hazel

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
  • Common name: Corkscrew hazel
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 3m

Spread: 4m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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