Crazy Filbert, Corkscrew Hazel
A plant with contorted or twisted stems, Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ is a small deciduous tree grown for the corkscrew like stems.
It is a fascinating tree that deserves a prominent position in the garden. Also known as “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick”, and this name comes from Scottish singer and comedian who had a trademark twisted walking stick.
The foliage is light green with serrated edges, they do turn a good yellow in autumn, however when they drop it is the bare stems that are the main feature.
This is a tree that flowers on bare stems, long catkins on this contorted stems. So for us, tree for all seasons. You may also like Corylus avellana ‘purpurea’
Best grown in a sunny position with some protection from the hot afternoon sun in warmer climates.
A humus rich well drained soil and a good layer of mulch with provide the best conditions. Keep the plant in an open position with good air flow to prevent fungal problems.
This is a plant that will sucker and often the suckers are straight growth, or a reversion to the original form. These straight growths should be removed as they appear and the plant trained to a single stem for best effect.
- Botanical Name – Corylus avellana ‘contorta’
- Common Names – Crazy Filbert, Corkscrew Hazel, Harry Lauder’s walking stick
- Family – Betulaceae
- Height- Wil reach around 2 – 3 metres
- Spread – To around 3 metres
- Growth Rate – Medium.
- Flowering Time – Spring
- Flowers – Yellow to brown catkins.
- Foliage – Mid green