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Corylus avellana contorta


A fascinating tree with decorative, twisted branches. The unique architecture stands out in the winter when the tree is bare.


In late winter the tree is covered in long, golden catkins, which catch the eye and add its architectural presence in the landscape. The branches are also useful in flower arrangements.


Tree size: 2 – 3 m tall and 2 – 3 m wide.


Tree Care: For best results plant in full sun to dappled shade. Avoid a site with hot drying winds.


Contorta will grow its best in fertile, free draining soil, preferably a friable loam with good aeration.


If the soil is free draining, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, plant the tree so the top of the root ball is level with the soil line and back fill with a soil and compost mixture. If the soil is not free draining, plant the tree in a raised mound of soil and compost mix, to prevent water logging.


Water in well at planting, and water regularly for its first growing season, especially in hot or dry spells. Young trees will benefit from being mulched. Apply mulch in a ring around the tree base, keeping clear of the trunk.

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