New Burgundy Contorted Hazelnut

By Charlie Nardozzi, July 31, 2006


Contorted hazelnut (Corylus avellana), or Harry Lauder/s walking stick, is a deciduous shrub known for its interesting, crooked branches that are most evident once the leaves drop. A new variety of contorted hazelnut also offers attractive foliage and flowers, giving this shrub four-season appeal.

Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic' is a new German variety that features crinkled, deep purple leaves in spring that turn red by midsummer and burgundy in autumn. In late fall, purple catkins arise from the branches, creating yet another visually interesting contrast to the branch structure and leaf color.

Contorted hazelnuts grow 10 to 12 feet tall and wide at maturity, and are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8.

For more information on 'Red Majestic', go to: Wayside Gardens.


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