Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Common name: 
Contorted Filbert
Contorted Hazelnut
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Pronunciation: 
KO-ril-us a-ve-LAH-na
Family: 
Betulaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous shrub/tree, 8-10 ft (2.5-3 m), stems curled and twisted as are the leaves.  Grafted on to a species rootstock, often the American filbert, C. americana..
  • Sun to part shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4      Discovered in 1863 in a hedgerow in England.  The Harry Lauder of one of the common names refers to Sir Harry Lauder (1870-1950), a Scottish entertainer who sported a trademark crooked walking stick.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: in planting west of Langton Hall.
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