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Corylus avellana 'Aurea'

A slow-growing medium-sized, deciduous shrub to about 6m with yellow-leaves in spring which fade only slightly to a greener shade for the rest of the summer. In autumn they turn pale yellow before falling. Yellow catkins form in the spring, and develop into edible nuts loved by squirrels

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Yellow Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Yellow Green
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Betulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Corylus are deciduous trees and large shrubs with broad leaves, and showy male catkins in early spring, followed by edible nuts

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any moisture-retentive soil in partial shade. For more information see shrub cultivation and tree cultivation.

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Banks and slopes
  • Edible fruit
Pruning

Pruning group 1 though can be coppiced alternate years to keep height restricted

Pests

May be be susceptible to caterpillars, gall mites, aphids and sawflies

Diseases

Generally disease-free, though may be susceptible to honey fungus, silver leaf and Powdery mildews

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