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Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

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A very popular accent shrub with twisted, contorted branch growth; quite a strong accent in both summer and in winter when the bare branches are at peak visibility; for solitary use only, cut branches are excellent in floral arrangements

Characteristics

Species:
avellana
Other Species Names:
European Filbert, European Hazel
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Corylus
Cultivar:
Contorta
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
brown
Flower Form:
catkin
Flower Period:
from late winter to early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick is draped in stunning brown catkins hanging below the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The crinkled round leaves turn yellow in fall. The twisted dark brown bark and brown branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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