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Filberts are fantastic shrubs for the back of the border because of their easy-growing nature and tolerance of partial shade. The most common is contorted filbert, or Harry Lauder's walking stick, a plant few others could be confused with. It sports curling, twisting branches that can be pruned for use in crafts and flower arrangements.


In the spring, filberts produce clusters of bright yellow catkins, making this easy-care plant a great companion for spring-flowering bulbs. By fall, the large round leaves turn yellow or orange before dropping, revealing the shrub's beautiful branching habit. Filberts do tend to produce suckers around the base of the plant. Remove them as they sprout.


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8 to 20 feet


To 15 feet wide

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more varieties for Filbert
American filbert

American filbert

Corylus americana, a North American native species, bears edible nuts that attract wildlife. It features good fall color and is adaptable to a range of growing conditions. American filbert grows 15 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

Contorted filbert

Contorted filbert

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is known for its wildly twisting branches and has been popular since the 1800s. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

Purple filbert

Purple filbert

Corylus avellana 'Rosita' develops lovely reddish-purple foliage that matures to a deep purple-green. It grows 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 4-8

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