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Corylus max Purpurea
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Corylus maximus 'Purpurea'


Description: Corylys Purpurea, also known as Purple-leaf Filbert, is a large vigorous shrub to small tree with heart shaped foliage that is rich chocolaty-purple in spring, fading slightly to a dark green/purple in late summer. Yellow-tinged, reddish-purple, male catkins hang below the bare branches in late winter. A very productive cropper and its big, tasty nuts have a pretty, wine-purple tinge inside them. Contrasts well with Corylus avellana ‘Aurea’. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Corylus Growing Tips: Will grow well in most soils, preferring a moist, well-drained site. For the best foliage colour, plant in full sun.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2.5m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Purple Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Flowering month - February Flowering month - February
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Hard prune Hard prune