Red Majestic Corylus

Red Majestic is a true multi-season star


 Purple foliage adds an interesting accent to a garden.  And trees and shrubs with funky, twisted branches make unique architectural sculptures in the winter garden.  But until now, it’s been difficult to find one plant that offers both characteristics. 

Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’ is a true four season stunner.  Like its more popular cousin Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’), Red Majestic offers interesting contorted branches that are a mainstay of many winter gardens.  But, unlike its better known cousin, Red Majestic doesn’t blend into the background once its leaves appear. 

New foliage emerges bright red, and as the temperatures start to rise, the leaves turn burgundy and by the middle of the summer the leaves are a deep green.  And if that isn’t enough to convince you to plant one, Red Majestic sports purple catkins in the late fall. 

Red Majestic grows in full sun to partial shade and matures at approximately 10′ x 10′.  Give it ample space so you can appreciate it year-round.  This shrub is hardy in zones 3 – 8 and is considered deer resistant.  

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2 thoughts on “Red Majestic Corylus

  1. You had me at “Purple Catkins”. Holy moly do I ever want one!! I have never seen this variety before, though of course we have Harry Lauder here. Thanks so much for the cool plant profile.

    • :) looks like they are selling Red Majestic this season. While I prefer to buy plants, especially woodies, locally, they are a good source for hard to find plants.

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