Giant hazel 'Purpurea'

Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' | Also known as: Giant filbert 'Purpurea' | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Corylus maxima is a large deciduous shrub. Flowering in March, its pale yellow blooms are nothing special, but C. maxima produces nuts that can be roasted and eaten. Also known as giant hazel or giant filbert, it is also low maintenance. Giant hazel should be grown in full sun or partial shade. It typically thrives in well-drained yet moist soil, though it will tolerate most substrates apart from heavy clay. A stunning purple leafed cultivar also exists - C. maxima 'Purpurea'. This provides additional foliage interest to gardens throughout the year.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in Autumn
  • Pink or purple
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Fruits & nuts
  • Nuts
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage, catkins and nuts
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Outdoor food
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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Corylus maxima Purpurea

Giant hazel

PLANTS Corylus maxima

Corylus maxima is a large deciduous shrub. Flowering in March, its pale yellow blooms are nothing special, but C. maxima produces nuts that can be roasted and eaten. Also known as giant hazel or giant filbert, it is also low maintenance. Giant hazel should be grown in full sun or partial shade. It typically thrives in well-drained yet moist soil, though it will tolerate most substrates apart from heavy clay. A stunning purple leafed cultivar also exists - C. maxima 'Purpurea'. This provides additional foliage interest to gardens throughout the year.