This is an exceptionally beautiful variety of Hazel in the Corylus genus, valued for its opulent rich purple foliage, catkins which are reddish purple suspended from bare branches in late winter with crops of edible purple shaded nuts later in summer. Superb as a specimen shrub in any setting but can also make the most eye-catching excellent hedge. Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’, commonly called Purple leaved Filbert, is a species of hazel native to south eastern Europe and southwestern Asia and related to common hazel. The edible nut is very similar to the hazelnut but the nut is more fully enclosed by the tubular husk. This medium to large hardy deciduous shrub of bushy habit is easy to grow in any reasonable soil in sun or shade, adding a deeper dimension to borders, giving an illustrious back drop to bright colourful flowers with its intense purple broad-leaved summer foliage.
A very versatile shrub tolerating just about all soil conditions if well drained, accommodating exposed or sheltered positions. Requires little or no pruning, but if wishing to do so, should be done in late winter or early spring. With a medium growth rate, Purple Hazel can reach approximately 6m if allowed to over time.
Sold as sturdy pot grown shrubs, our Purple Hazel hedging plants may be planted at any time of year without root disturbance. We rcommend adding Rootgrow to the planting holes to give your new plants the very best start.
How to grow Purple Hazel
Position: Full sun, partial shade. (Foliage colour is best in full sun)
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves drop from the plant in Autumn and fresh new ones emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Late Winter
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 400cm high x 300cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim as required in Spring.
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