last updated 21/10/2014


This genus is often considered to be acid loving and indeed will thrive on acid soils. However, with the exception of C. pauciflora, they will survive almost indefinitely on even shallow chalk soils. As with so many plants, it is not the pH of the soil that is important, so much as the structure - it is much more important that it is not too heavy and drains well enough in winter whilst holding moisture adequately in summer. I never fail to be pleasantly surprised by their lovely perfume too.


CORYLOPSIS glabrescens 'Cholipo'

CORYLOPSIS glabrescens var. gotoana    
This has the largest leaves of the species that we grow, but they are an amazing shade of green that is almost blue. The delightful primrose yellow flowers hang in bunches from bare twigs in February. Good autumn colour too. Tolerant of alkaline soils provided that the structure is good - ie not too wet in winter, not too dry in summer.

CORYLOPSIS glandulifera

CORYLOPSIS pauciflora

CORYLOPSIS sinensis 'Spring Purple'    
A gorgeous form with deeper plum purple young growth becoming deep purple. Soft yellow flowers in dense racemes in April. Beautiful but not the most resilient. Soil structure is all important with this one and ideally it doesn't care for late frost either.

This large and relatively vigorous species has distinctively rounded, almost heart shaped leaves. The racemes of yellow flowers are equally memorable with prominent red stamens. Good autumn colour.

CORYLOPSIS spicata 'Red Eye'

CORYLOPSIS veitchiana
We find this species the easiest to grow on our heavy clay soil in a frost pocket to boot! It develops an upright habit, with long leaves which are often purplish when young. Large racemes of primrose-yellow flowers are sweetly scented.

CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta'
The Corkscrew Hazel is aptly named when you look at the twisty stems, making this a superbly architectural plant during the winter months. Adorned with catkins in spring, the stems make tremendous additions to flower arrangements. The best thing is that these hazels are so easy to grow, thriving even on our cold wet clay in a frost pocket!
Open-ground specimens only - please ask for details

CORYLUS colurna 'Tetra Red'
Essentially a purple-leaved variant of our native hazel, this species is the more vigorous Turkish version. It forms a large shrub or bushy tree resplendent in purple foliage all summer, but don't forget to pick the tasty large cob nuts in autumn. The usual rules for purple leaved plants apply - they will have best colour in a sunny site.
Open-ground specimens only - please ask for details

CORYLUS maxima 'Fusca Rubra'
So many of you have commented on this one! The purple foliage in summer is very handsome, but the feature to catch the eye seems to be the catkins in spring which have a sultry purple colouring, reflecting the additional pigments through the plant. This one also produces copius quantities of nuts.
Open-ground specimens only - please ask for details

COTINUS coggygria 'Pink Champagne'
This is well named as it produces great quantities of flowers that look like clouds of pink champagne! A lovely selection, seeming to be much more compact in  habit, with distinctly smaller leaves. Wonderful pinky-orange autumn colour, as shown in the photo. Yes, it really is that colour - no filters or image enhancement have been used!

COTINUS coggygria 'Velvet Cloak' 
A lovely purple form with the velvety texture of its offspring C. 'Grace', but not as large. 

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