Harry Lauder's Walking Stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 12-15 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind


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Posted by clintbrown (Medina, TN - Zone 7b) on Feb 23, 2013 10:30 PM

These look especially nice in winter after snow.

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Posted by chuck7701 (McKinney, TX (DFW) - Zone 8a) on Mar 22, 2015 10:53 AM

Planted a small one about 3 feet years ago in a sunny location, but soil was too dry. Almost looked diseased. Moved it to am area with more consistently damp soil, and it has grown fabulously. Now about 6 feet tall and wide. Cut and dried branches make great additions to decorative flower arrangements. In zone 8, the hot and dry summer air of these past few drought-type years has seemed to burn the leaf edges, even when watered well.

Looks more striking in winter without the foliage.

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Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Oct 2, 2011 4:53 AM

My original plant was only about one foot high. It took quite a while for it to put on any size, but now it's beautiful. I live in an area where we get a lot of snow and when the twisting, contorted branches are covered in snow, this is a gorgeous shrub! In the summer, it really isn't a showy plant. The leaves are nothing special and the catkins are insignificant. Mine does sucker, but the suckers are also contorted. It is susceptible to Eastern Filbert Blight.

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