|Grid reference||ST 18521 78981|
|Common name||Corkscrew hazel|
|Common name||Harry Lauder's walking stick|
|Origin||Europe and N. Africa|
|Height||5M July 2018|
This tree is almost opposite the entrance to the conservatory.
General tree description for Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is a variant of the native Common hazel (Corylus avellana) with twisted branches and curled leaves. It commonly grows slowly to around 3 metres tall and was discovered in Gloucestershire c.1863 growing in a hedgerow. Other than the highly contorted branches and leaves the most striking feature is the drooping, yellow, male catkins in late winter and early spring.
General tree description for Corylus avellana
Corylus avellana is a large, spreading shrub or small multi-stemmed tree. Old plants can grow up to 15 metres tall, but around 8 metres is more usual. When mature the bark is pale brown with shallow ridges. The leaves are roundish, 12 cm across, heart-shaped at the base, the lower part irregularly toothed and the tip ending in a sharp point. They turn yellow in autumn and both surfaces are downy. In late winter and early spring there are drooping, yellow catkins 3 to 6 cm long, followed by edible nuts which ripen in autumn. These are 2 cm long, enclosed in husks of similar length.