plant of the week... corkscrew hazel.
THE corkscrew hazel (corylus avellana "Contorta") is one
of those spooky, mystical trees you could imagine popping up in a
witches and wizards' story, producing its long yellow catkins on
curiously twisted bare branches in late winter. It's often used to
add drama to a cut or dried flower display. The leaves appear later in
spring and are also coiled and twisted and turn yellow in autumn. Its
female flowers are like tiny red sea anemones. It thrives in any
reasonable soil in partial sun or shade, growing slowly to around 6m
(20ft) tall and 5m (16ft) wide.