Corkscrew Hazel

  • Corylus avellana contorta (twisted willow) on the Barcham Trees nursery

    Corylus avellana contorta (twisted willow) on the Barcham Trees nursery in mid summer

  • catkin of the Corylus avellana Contorta

    catkin of the Corylus avellana Contorta

  • scaled shot of Corylus avellana Contorta

    scaled shot of 2-2.5m tall Corylus avellana Contorta

Corylus avellana Contorta

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Corylus avellana contorta (twisted willow) on the Barcham Trees nursery

Corylus avellana contorta (twisted willow) on the Barcham Trees nursery in mid summer

Corylus avellana Contorta

This Hazel is also known as Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick after the Scottish music hall performer who had a trademark “twisted” walking stick.

A very small and slow growing tree that has strangely twisted and contorted branches which create a dense and rounded habit.

It is believed to have been discovered in a Gloucestershire hedgerow in the 1860s.

A real curiosity for parks and gardens.

Small twiggy branches can be sympathetically removed and used add interest to seasonal floral displays.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 3-5m

Mature spread: 2-4m