Priestgate

Harry Lauder Tree

 

Latin Name : Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

The Harry Lauder Tree or Contorted Filbert was named after a well known early 20th centuary ‘variety’ performer dressed in traditional Scottish highland dress, walking bow-legged, and carrying a twisted hazel walking stick. It is a sport from a normal hazel, and is reproduced vegitatively.

Fantastic displays of catkins – the male flowers

Close up of the leaves coming out, and a glimpse of the little red female flower at the top of the picture

Typical appearance of the shrub in summer