Did you know?
Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'), also known as Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, was accidentally discovered in 1863 in a hedge row at Frocester, Gloucestershire, England.
Up to 15 feet tall and wide
Flowers, Fruit, Foliage
Showy yellow flowers grow in 3 inch long catkins and bloom in early spring. The fruit are edible nuts encased in hairy husks. Stems and leaves both have a spiraling, twisted appearance.
Pests & Diseases
Blight, crown gall, black knot, apple mosaic virus, leaf spots, scales, Japanese beetles, caterpillars
Best for natural areas, but can be grown in shrub borders and along sidewalks
Plant in moist, well-drained soil in an area with full sun to part shade. These plants are pH adaptable and reasonably cold hardy. Prune suckers regularly to avoid reversion to a non-contorted state.
Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa