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Corylus avellana
Contorta has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

This contorted hazel makes an interesting addition to the winter garden - its twisted branches are most apparent in winter, and are highlighted by the attractive yellow catkins which appear in February.

Contorta can grow to an eventual height of about 3m, but benefits from being pruned back periodically.

Contorta hazel trees for sale

  • 12-year pot-grown tree £64.50
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
  • 23-year pot-grown tree £72.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

Contorta will grow in most soils, including clay and chalk.

We supply this plant as a single-stemmed bush, but it will if left to its own devices it will throw out new shoots from the base of the tree. These can be pruned out if you wish to retain a single stem.


Contorta appears to be a natural sport of the native English hazel.

Contorta characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plant
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightTolerates shade
  • PruningPrune hard
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Flowering monthFebruary
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Corylus avellana
    Red Majestic
    A red-leaved form of the contorted or twisted hazel.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Corylus Ave Contorta hazel tree