[nafex] corkscrew hazelnut

dwalsh/wchase wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Mon Sep 18 19:59:08 EDT 2000

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I don't know this for sure, but a friend of mine with a Corkscrew hazelnut noticed
that if the sucker/branch is growing rapidly, the branch is straight, but if the
branches are growing slowly they corkscrew.

I thought that it was the rootstock that was suckering and sending up straight

So I've been looking for a non-suckering rootstock e.g. Turkish Tree Hazel, but
Gordon Nofs says the TTH is not good.  Tree wimps out after a few years.

Someone else told me that you take a straight sucker of any old hazelnut and tie a
wire tightly around the base then mulch the base of the sucker. After a period of
time, the sucker throws out roots above the wire and you pull at it and it breaks
off at the wire and you have a straight, non-suckering hazelnut with roots.

It remains to be seen.

I thought if I found a non-suckering rootstock and grafted/budded high (4"), it
would be easier to keep the shrub all corkscrewing.

The other suggestion is to plant the corkscrew tree (once I've made it) in lousy
soil ... gravel, no fertilizer, no amendments, etc., so it will grow slowly


Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
phone/fax (604) 856-9316
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: Funny thing is, that I have a Henry Lauder's Walking Stick bought
: from a nursery ~8 years ago.  It's rootstock, a normal filbert of
: some type Suckers like MAD.  I'd prefer Suckers that were "walking
: stick".

: Thanks,
: Chris Mauchline
: SE PA, zone 6

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