Harry Lauder’s walking stick

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta')
KOR-ih-lus av-el-AY-nah
Genus:  Corylus

This upright, tree-like shrub has heart-shaped, toothed, mid-green leaves. Pendent yellow catkins are borne in late winter and early spring. Strongly twisted, spiraling shoots provide year-round interest.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Excellent specimen tree. Use shoots in floral arrangements. If possible, purchase trees grown on their own roots to avoid rootstock suckers. A newer cultivar, 'Red Majestic', bears burgundy colored new growth, so it has greater summer appeal. 

Care: 

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Ideal for alkaline soils. Prune out unwanted suckers, which can be abundant.

Propagation: 

Layer in autumn; graft in winter.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, blight, canker, dieback, mushroom root rot, fungal spots, Gymnosporangium rust, bud mites, tent caterpillars, and webworms.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Yellow
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'