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Harry Lauder's walking stick Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

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Description

Harry Lauder's walking stick 'Contorta' is a cultivar deciduous tree in the Betulaceae (beech) family. native to Asia, Europe and Africa. This unusual tree has a multi-trunk rounded habit whose branch becomes drooping with age. The contorted branches, crumpled-looking leaves and yellow spring catkins give this tree year-round appeal. The fruit is an edible nut enjoyed by wildlife.

'Contorta' prefers full sun to part shade in organically rich moist, well-drained soils. it is drought tolerant once established. Use this tree as a specimen in a prominent place so the year-round interest can be appreciated. It can also be grown in a container or used as a hedge.  

Prune root suckers to prevent thicket formation. Otherwise only prune to remove diseased or damaged limbs.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Generally problem free but can experience powdery mildew or blight. Avoid wet conditions to help prevent this. Pests- tent caterpillars.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Corylus
    Species:
    avellana
    Family:
    Betulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia, Europe, Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds and small mammals will eat the nut
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Nuts are edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Multi-trunked
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a brown hazelnut 0.5-1 inch around
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    2-4 inch long hanging yellow catkins appear in sping before leaf-out
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green crumpled-looking leaves are 2-4 inches long, orbicular in shape with serrate margins
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    Brown smooth bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Light brown smooth contorted stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought