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Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
AKA: Contorted Filbert




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Root Pouch 5 gallon (SKU: 4354)
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List Price $190.00 Per Plant  In Stock

7 gallon Potted (SKU: 14062)
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List Price $245.00 Per Plant

Hardiness Zone: 4-8   ·   Mature Height: 8-10 Feet   ·   Mature Spread: 8-10 Feet

Buy Harry Lauder's Walking Stick online. This small tree sports a twisted and gnarled branch structure, providing unique, year round interest to the garden. In late winter these wacky branches are covered with pale yellow catkins. Our Harry Lauder's Walking Stick are grown on their own roots and not grafted. No need to worry about straight suckers that must be removed. We say "let the suckers grow!" They'll be contorted, too! And for the crafty Do-It-Yourselfers', its popular to use the twisted branches in flower arrangements and wreaths.

Family: Betulaceae · Common Name: Filbert / Hazel

FREE with every plant purchased:

  • The Sooner Guarantee: For details, click here!
  • A pre-applied, pre-measured amount of time release fertilizer that keeps your plant well nourished for up to one year.
  • Pre-hydrated Hydro-Gels are included in the top of each container to use when planting as they help retain soil moisture, and plants will establish more quickly with less transplant shock. Plants will also survive drought-like conditions and accidental missed waterings better.
  • Planting and Care Instruction brochure.
  • Catalogs of new and exciting plant brands, such as Garden Debut® and Proven Winners®.

DIY Irrigation SuppliesWe use and recommend www.dripdepot.com for our irrigation needs, from simple to install micro and drip systems, to commercial grade irrigation parts and supplies.


Bark Type*
Leaf Color Fall*
Dark Yellow/Gold
Leaf Color Spring*
Leaf Color Summer*
Leaf Type*
Nature Assets*
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Plant Type*
Preferred Planting Season*
Fall Planting
Spring Planting
Summer Planting
Preferred Soil Conditions*
Adapts Well to Most Soil Types
Propagation Methods*
Cuttings or Divisions
Exposure (Short)
Full Sun


  1. douglas - May 25, 2012
    Tennessee (Hardiness Zone: 6)

    plants arrived bueatiffully packed.had some transplant shock on one tree,but it seems okay now this was a real good buying experience.thanks sooner plant farm

  2. Gary - May 13, 2013
    Alton, New Hampshire (Hardiness Zone: 6)

    Great looking plant with unique shape and form.

  3. Robert - Jan 23, 2014
    Indiana (Hardiness Zone: 5)

    A very tough,indefatigable plant. impervious to most any problem and easy to prune, thin and shape. very distinctive in the landscape.

  4. Kerry - Jun 07, 2014
    Oklahoma (Hardiness Zone: 7)

    I received my Contorted Filbert in great condition as it was very well packaged. The root ball was smaller than I expected after I removed it from the "5 gallon smart pot". Even though I forgot to put the fertilizer underneath it the plant is growing vigorously after some initial transplant shock (curled leaves). I planted my Corylus in a large (22" wide X 18" deep) pot in Miracle Grow potting mix. So, it might have been a good thing that I did not put the fertilizer in place after all!
    I received and planted the Corylus the 1st week of May, it is now June 7th, and the plant is doing extraordinarily well. It is in a very difficult location where it gets morning sun, midday shade and late afternoon sun in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The test will be whether it survives the hot summer in that location. (That is why put it in a pot so I could move it if absolutely necessary). I plan to mulch it well and overwinter it in the pot. Overwintering it in a pot will be another test, especially if we have a hard winter!
    Since the plant is in a pot and underneath the eve of the house it requires irrigation. I discovered that the plant responds well to giving its leaves and soil a good shower , in the early morning, really soaking its leaves with the sprinkler. This plant does not like to be over watered so I have taken to monitoring the soil very carefully. However, it really does appreciate moisture on its leaves.
    So, that is really about all I know to date!
    I am delighted to give Sooner Plant Farm 5 leaves for such a gorgeous, well packaged and healthy plant.

  5. Michael - Jul 06, 2014
    New York (Hardiness Zone: 6)

  6. Alan - May 02, 2019
    Brandon, Mississippi (Hardiness Zone: 7)

    It arrived in good condition. It was dormant but clearly had healthy buds with a few showing hints of green. 7 weeks since it arrived it's now bursting with new growth, with some new branches curling out almost 8 inches. This is definitely a vigorous tree.

  7. Rachel - Jun 13, 2019
    Rhode Island (Hardiness Zone: 5)

    This was the first plant I ever ordered from Sooner, and the order that convinced me that Sooner's my first choice for plants. This plant remains true to type. It arrived ready to thrive and has not disappointed! It's a great accent plant in our garden.

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HARRY LAUDER'S WALKING STICK Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips

Corylus is easy to grow and adapts to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer.


Our trees are grown on their own roots not grafted. Don't worry about straight suckers that must be removed. We say "let the suckers grow." They'll be contorted, too!