Red Dragon Contorted Filbert Tree Form

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Dramatic Red Dragon Contorted Filbert Tree-Form!

  • Incredible Tree-Form of a Dramatic Ornamental!
  • Zig-Zagging & Twisting Corkscrew Branches
  • Living Ornamental 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
  • Can Be Grown in Large Containers
  • Focal Point Specimen
  • Great Firescaping Tree
  • Easy to Grow in Sun to Part Shade

A dramatic tree-form of an incredible variety! The Red Dragon Contorted Filbert (Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon') features bold colors and fantastic contorted and twisting stems. This selection is an easy way to bring a dynamic dimension to your landscape!

Just as spring-flowering bulbs open, Red Dragon wakes from dormancy. Curled, wavy-edged foliage emerges as lush, velvety red-purple leaves. The deep burgundy foliage color holds well into summer. In more shaded locations, the leaves become more green than purple but keep their burgundy overcast by the end of the season.

Whether you are just getting started telling your own garden design, or have been collecting plants for years, the Red Dragon Contorted Filbert is a unique specimen! The zig-zag growth pattern just oozes with character!

Once mature, this unique tree-form may even produce a few clusters of delectable hazelnuts (if there is a male nearby), but they'll be snatched up by local birds and squirrels if you don’t get to them first! However, Red Dragon is considered ornamental more than a nut tree.

Rely on the incredible presentation of Red Dragon Tree all year long! You'll stand out from the crowd with this special, rounded tree form with spreading corkscrew branches.

Just like a traditional Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, Red Dragon features curiously twisted bare branches that look incredible in wintertime. These look whimsical and intriguing, especially when the branches sport a light dusting of fluffy white snow.

This is a plant to watch year-round! Your winter-hungry eyes will appreciate how the long, smoky-purple catkins drape down and gracefully sway in the last of cold winter winds. Appearing before the leaves emerge so you can enjoy them as a solo act!

Snip a few branches for your cut flower arrangements as vertical interest! 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 Tree-Form because other garden pros are on the hunt for this cultivar, and we'll sell out quickly!

How to Use Red Dragon Contorted Filbert Tree-Form In The Landscape

Plant in your gardens or landscape as a fantastic specimen, or keep this unique plant in an oversized outdoor container for years. They'll decorate garden styles from Cottage to Zen and anything in between.

They partner well with flowering shrubs and perennials, so use them as a noteworthy anchor or focal point among your mixed borders. Pair with Roses, and you'll have an endearing garden story to study for hours!

Consider it a conversation piece or a living piece of sculpture. This is a tree to uplight with exterior lighting pointing up into the spiraling canopy. 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 the anticipation of what's around the next bend?

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

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.

Head over to our extensive online catalog to make the most of your outdoor living with help from Nature Hills! 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. Cold hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, these can handle a wide range of temperatures!

Rich, well-drained soil is best. Add a few handfuls of compost during planting, and give their tiny feeder roots life-long support with 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 root system moist and cool. Please pull it back away from directly touching the stems.

Red Dragon is grafted onto a rootstock so if any suckers form along the main trunk, be sure to cut them off immediately.

Great landscape design includes plants with star appeal, chosen to delight yourself and your visitors. Make your landscape incredible by order the energetic Red Dragon Contorted Filbert today!

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Red Dragon Contorted Filbert Tree Form Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Bower and Branch
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
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter