Twisted Hazel Trees

Corylus avellana Contorta


The Twisted Hazel Tree produces curiously twisted shoots with bare branches covered in pale yellow catkins in late winter.
A native species, the leaves are broad sharply toothed mid green and small cobnuts are borne in autumn. An attractive tough little tree growing to 8ft and suitable for any garden.

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Botanical name

Corylus avellana Contorta

Approx height when sent

1 – 1.2 metres 7.5L pot

Ultimate height and spread

3 metres x 2 metres

When to plant



Full Sun, Semi-shade


Twisted hazel are grown for their attractive outline and cheerful yellow catkins in late winter. Broad, sharply toothed mid-green leaves appear in mid spring but it is for the contorted shape of curiously twisted shoots that it is mainly grown for. The lovely pendent, pale yellow catkins appear on bare branches in late winter are a pleasure to behold. Fully hardy they prefer sun or semi-shade and fertile, well-drained soil. A native species discovered in a hedgerow in Gloucester in about 1863. Height & spread in maturity, up to 3m x 2m / 10ft x 7ft. They can be grown in small gardens and containers.

Common Name: Twisted Hazel
Latin Name: Corylus avellana Contorta
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
Habit: Deciduous, twisted shoots
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Flowering period: Catkins in winter
Colour: Yellow
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual Height & Spread: 3 x 2m / 10ft t x 7ft
Special features: Twisted shoots and Yellow catkins appear on bare branches in winter.


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