Corylus Avellana “contorta” Harry lauder’s walking stick-Review
An interesting plant in the garden with it’s cork screw or contorted habit. Makes a great plant for winter interest. The leaves have a rough texture and appear somewhat wrinkled. Every time I see this plant during the season I think it needs to be watered due to the appearance of the leaves.
Corylus contorta grows 8 to 10’ high by 8 to 10’ wide and is a very slow grower. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. Grows in full sun to part shade. Corylus contorta is monoecious (separate male and female flowers on the same plant) with the male flowers being yellowish brown catkins appearing in spring. The female flower is insignificant.
Corylus contorta was discovered in an English hedgerow during the mid 1800’s and has been in cultivation since I think it makes a great conversation peace in the garden for all seasons.