Variety: Corylus Avellana Contorta, also known as Harry Lauder's Walking Stick or Corkscrew Hazel.
Question: why do plants have so many names? And in many cases, why are the names so difficult to pronounce?
|Its contorted stems stand out in Winter. A real show off over the Winter months.|
|By early December most of the leaves have turned brown and fallen off leaving a wonder 'corkscrew' structure over Winter. A few hanger-on leaves remain over Winter. Photo taken Feb 2011.|
|Yellow catkins hang down from the contorted stems, usually anytime from Feb to March, providing some additional interest. Photo taken Feb 2011.|
|The plant tag says it grows up to 200 cm or 7 feet high. However, articles on the internet say the plant can grow up to 20 feet. A bit worrisome for the location I have mine planted in! Photo taken Jan 2011.|
|This photo and the one above it were taken from the same angle but at different times of the year - with notably different colouring. Maybe one photo was taken on a 'wet' day and the other whilst 'dry'? Photo taken Nov 2011.|
|Photo taken Nov 2011.|
Would I recommend Corkscrew Hazel /Harry Lauder's walking stick?
Definitely not for a small garden but it's an interesting plant if you have lots of room and like something a bit quirky.