Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

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Winter Star Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

  • Incredible Twisting Branches
  • Unique Specimen or Hedgerow
  • Beautiful Yellow Catkins Drape Down in Early Spring
  • Unique Branching Structure
  • Four Seasons Of Interest
  • Great In Large Containers
  • Whimsical Specimen Plant
  • Green Leaves
  • Cold Hardy
  • Appears on Firewise Plant Lists
  • Also Called Contorted Hazel and Contorted Filbert

Wise garden designers plan for visual interest in every season. They allow certain plants a chance to shine in their season. Some "ephemerals" shine for a day or two, while other plants have long-lasting appeal.

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'), is beloved for its unique branches. It will certainly be one of the stars of your Winter Garden.

No matter where you use it, Harry Lauder's Walking Stick becomes a real conversation piece. Highlight one as a stand-out specimen in a courtyard, berm or other high-profile area.

This noteworthy deciduous shrub has such interesting gnarled and twisted branches. Often, it's grown specifically for this unusual branching pattern.

But twisting and curving into ornamental and curious contortions aside, this plant actually has four seasons of whimsical interest!

You'll enjoy terrifically bold, long dangling yellow catkins in late winter or early spring. In summer, rough-textured green leaves are attractive all season, and they mellow to a rich yellow fall foliage.

Don't own your own home? No problem! Even renters can grow these terrific plants. They will adapt beautifully to living in large containers.

Frankly, a shrub with this much personality becomes a family "pet" over the years. You won't want to miss this extraordinary plant.

Order Harry Lauder's Walking Stick from our expert growers today. Enjoy the charm of this rare ornamental plant.

How to Use Harry Lauder's Walking Stick in the Landscape

This interesting shrub makes a very unique specimen that deserves a place of honor. They'll become a focal point no matter where you plant them.

Add a pair in large pots on either side of the garden gate to elevate the moment of entry.

Plant a zigzagging line of them along the sunny edge of a woodland.

Try one in a sunny side yard to improve the experience of these forgotten areas in your landscape.

Why not let these fabulous twisted and contorted branches tell you and your guests an enchanting garden story? Plant one in a special, sunny area of your yard, then build a "Secret Garden" around it. Create a planned path to your new destination spot.

Florists love to use the curiously twisted stems in cut flower arrangements. You can easily create a "Floral Designer" hedgerow with Pussy Willow, Renaissance Spirea, Royal Family Holly Combo, Red Twig Dogwood and Harry Lauder's Walking Stick.

That lineup can become a very effective backdrop to other favorite flowering perennials in a modern Cutting Garden. You'll never be without fresh plant material!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick performs best in full sun. It will tolerate part shade, but please give at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the better!

Plant it in organically rich, but well-drained soil. Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis.

Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to keep the root system nice and cool. However, you must pull back the mulch at least 6 inches from the stems to provide proper air circulation.

You'll want to harvest a few of the oldest, thickest stems each year to use in your seasonal decoration. Remove them all the way back to the ground. New growth will emerge from the crown in spring.

Have fun with these amazing shrubs this season in your landscape. Order Harry Lauder's Walking Stick today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Harry Lauder's Walking Stick Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No