Red Dragon Contorted Filbert

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Amazing Drama Red Dragon Contorted Filbert

  • Zigzagging Corkscrew Branches
  • Living Sculpture
  • Spreading, Rounded Growth Habit
  • Focal Point Looks Great All Year
  • Excellent Winter Interest
  • Smoky Purple Catkins in Early Spring
  • Deep Burgundy Foliage
  • Unique Wavy Leaves
  • Twisting Branches
  • Can Be Grown in Large Containers
  • Considered Firewise in Many States
  • Easy to Grow in Sun to Part Shade

Great landscape design includes plants with star appeal chosen to delight visitors. Give your garden guests a chance to pause and study this noteworthy character up close and personal.

Red Dragon Contorted Filbert (Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon') features bold colors and fantastic twisting stems. This selection is an easy way to bring a dynamic dimension to your landscape.

Curiously twisted bare branches look incredible in wintertime. The look is whimsical and fun, especially when the branches sport a light cap of fluffy white snow.

This is a plant to watch in late winter and early spring. Your winter-hungry eyes will appreciate how the long, smoky-purple catkins drape down and gracefully sway in the last of the cold winds.

As the vivid spring-flowering bulbs start opening, Red Dragon wakes up from its dormancy. Curled, wavy-edged leaves emerge a lush, velvety red-purple.

The deep burgundy foliage color holds into summer. In more shaded positions, the leaves green up, but keep their purple overcast by the end of the season.

Whether you are just getting started telling your own garden story...or have been collecting plants for many years, Red Dragon Contorted Filbert is a wonderful choice. The zig-zag growth pattern just oozes character, doesn't it?

Once mature, this unique shrub may even produce a few clusters of edible hazelnuts...but they'll be quickly eaten by local birds and squirrels. Red Dragon is considered an ornamental by our plant experts.

Rely on the presentation of Red Dragon Contorted Filbert all year-long! You'll stand out from the crowd with this special, rounded shrub with spreading corkscrew branches.

Clip a few for your cut indoor arrangements! Keep this in a Cutting Garden, and you'll be amazed how versatile they'll be for crafting.

Place your order for Red Dragon Contorted Filbert ASAP. Garden pros are on the hunt for this cultivar, and we'll sell out quickly.

How to Use Red Dragon Contorted Filbert in the Landscape

Red Dragon may be grown as a tree form or as a shrub form, so do look to see which form you are ordering so you know best how to use it in your landscape. The most obvious use is a specimen plant in either form.

Plant them in the ground...or keep them for many, many, many years in oversized outdoor containers. They'll decorate garden styles from Cottage to Zen and anything in between.

Try them as a backdrop for Roses, and you'll have an endearing garden story to study for hours and hours. Place an outdoor table and chairs nearby to host Iced Tea Parties and contemplate their "Beauty and the Beast" contrast with friends.

Make your landscape look larger by simply placing one at the edge of a curve in your border or planting bed. Hide your visitor's view for a few steps in the journey and you'll increase anticipation. What's around the bend?

Consider it a conversation piece or a living piece of sculpture. This is a plant to uplight with exterior lighting pointing up into the spiraling canopy.

If you want a high-end focal point, use them as an anchor in an island bed stolen from the front lawn. A single specimen, or informal grouping of three makes a big statement with little care required.

They partner well with flowering shrubs and perennials. Use them as a noteworthy backdrop in your mixed borders.

You can also use them as a stunning feature in a destination spot. Create a meandering path along the sunny edge of a woodland that ends with a semi-circle of Red Dragons around a hammock stand.

Make the most of your outdoor living with help from our extensive online catalog. Layer in showy shrubs like Red Dragon to keep the visual interest high and your visitors engaged.

#ProPlantTips for Care

These fun accent plants appreciate full sun in all but the hottest climates. In Zone 9, give them afternoon shade.

Rich, well-drained soil is best. Add a few handfuls of compost during planting, and give their tiny feeder roots life-long support with Nature Hills root booster.

Use a regular schedule of moderate supplemental moisture to establish your plant during the first season. Keep them evenly hydrated each year, especially during hot weather.

Wood mulch helps keep the soil moist and cool. Please pull it back away from directly touching the stems.

Prune a few of the oldest, thickest stems all the way back to the ground in late winter to rejuvenate the shrub form (and back to the graft on the tree form). New growth will emerge from the crown in spring.

You'll cherish this funny fellow, like so many have done before you. Make your landscape roar...order energetic Red Dragon Contorted Filbert 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Red Dragon Contorted Filbert Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Burgundy
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No