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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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An exceptional plant with twisted stems, Corylus avellana 'Contorta' was first found in a Gloucestershire hedgerow in the mid-19th century. This original plant still grows at Myddelton House in Middlesex.

Its amazing, gnarled and twisted branches create a dense round shrub of great interest all year round. It also has masses of small, creamy-white catkins in early spring.

Supplied Size: 4L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
4 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: January to March (Catkins).
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Habit: Corylus avellana 'Contorta' grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, densely branching shrub with contorted, twisting stems.
Height: up to 3 m (10 ft) in many years.
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)

Notes: The twisted stems of Corylus avellana 'Contorta' are often used to help create eye-catching flower arrangements.

Plant Finder: about Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

Common names

Hazel nut, Corkscrew hazel, Harry Lauder's walking stick


Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Hazel nut). ‘Contorta’ is a bizarre cultivar; it's an attractive tree both in the winter and in summer. It is known and loved for its highly unusual and ornamental twisting branches. When leafless they are cut for sale by florists, and are excellent for flower arrangements.


It is very tolerant of high winds. It will prefer rich soil and will do well in full sun or partial shade.

Interest and use

Ornamental, useful for flower arrangements. Spring/Winter interest.

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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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