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Corkscrew hazel

Genus: Corylus.

Species: Corylus avellana.

Bought this on 3rd May 2009. from garden centre , have it in a large pot next to summerhouse, don`t want it to grow too big so hoping keeping it in a pot might slow its growth.
Common Name: Corkscrew hazel
Genus: Corylus
Species: avellana
Cultivar: 'Contorta'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Height: 300cm
Spread: 400cm
Time to take cuttings: November to February
Contorted or corkscrew shrubs are popular features, few more so than the corkscrew hazel or Harry Lauder's walkingstick. The hazel species, C. avellana, is too large for most gardens except in boundary hedges, but many garden varieties are more restrained. The corkscrew hazel will ultimately reach 6m (20ft), but only half that in 25 years because it is slow-growing. Winter is its season, when the curiously contorted stems stand out against a clear sky and then develop their fine catkins before the spring foliage appears. Fully hardy, this shrub prefers sunny or semi-shaded sites in fertile, well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

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