Corylus maxima 'PURPUREA'

Corylus maxima
Corylus maxima 'PURPUREA'
purple-leaved filbert
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
 small tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:burgundy red and green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
BLOOMING TIME February - March
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Fruit trees
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Hazelnuts do not need any introduction in Czechia or even the whole Europe as it is our domestic plant. All of us know these shrubs for their delicious nuts which are a natural food for our body and an important ingredient of many recipes. It is usually a medium to fast growing shrub with many upright shoots. But there are also cultivars that offer something special – coloured leaves or contorted branches.

Filbert is a hazelnut species from S.E. Europe and S.W. Asia and exhibits a vigorously growing many-stemmed shrub with deciduous leaves. Purpurea is an old variety with deep maroon to near black leaves. They are 5-12 cm long, 4-10 cm wide, and during summer the colour of maturing leaves changes to dark green with burgundy hues, while new deep maroon leaves continue to grow at the ends of the branches.

From late winter appear showy, 5-10 cm long, male catkins in pale red to burnt pink colour, female catkins are only 1-3 cm. The plant is self-fertile. In late summer they are followed by elongated, edible nuts that you can only enjoy if the squirrels don't steal them all. Have you seen how fast they are? The nuts ripen in late September.

Purple-leaved filbert grows fast producing many canes from the roots, so rather than a shrub it can be called an impenetrable thicket with showy foliage. On the other hand, it cannot be considered weedy since all its canes grow from an enclosed space. Its size varies between 3 and 6 meters in height and width, so give it a deserved space. It is happy in a lawn and does not mind people trampling on its roots or mowing the grass above them.

It can be pruned almost anytime, but if you are growing it for fruit, cut it right after flowering not to lose the fruiting branches. Hazel is not demanding on the soil type. It grows almost everywhere, even in heavy and wet soils where it will exhibit slow growth and thinner branching. If you grow it for fruit, plant it in fertile, well-drained, preferably calcareous soil and provide a pollinator – another hazelnut nearby. For the deepest foliage colour place it in full sun. Fully hardy to about -34 °C.

Last update 17-11-2022
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Corylus maxima 'PURPUREA' height 60-80 cm
Corylus maxima 'PURPUREA' height of stem 200-210 cm, girth 10-12 cm

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