Rescuing a Contorted Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘contorta’)

From my Dad’s garden.  He no longer wants it because it’s in poor health and hasn’t produced any new top growth the past couple of years.  It’s been sending out suckers of straight growth from the base instead and now resembles a bit of a clump.  I have a bit of experience in rescuing unwanted shrubs so we’ll see what happens once it’s rootpruned in the spring.  I’ve only seen one hazel bonsai and it’s a magnificent garden grown specimen owned by someone affiliated with the NIBS here.

 

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