Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' - Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Tips for Homeowners:

Remove unwanted suckers (new shoots from the base) especially if they are not contorted.

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A favorite for its contorted and twisted branching, it becomes most noticeable in the winter after the leaves have dropped. The twigs can also be enjoyed indoors in flower arrangements.

  • Hardy, deciduous shrub
  • Contorted stems and branches
  • A real conversation piece!

The interesting twisted and spiraling branching is reason to place this phenomena where it can be admired. 

Height: 8-10 ft
Spread: 8-10 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Yellow

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Container
  • Focal Point
  • Dried Flower/Foliage
  • Naturalizing
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water