• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' (F)

Purple-leaved filbert

Purple-leaved filbert

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Purple-leaved filbert

  • Synonyms Corylus maxima 'Purple Filbert'

  • Genus Corylus are deciduous trees and large shrubs with broad leaves, and showy male catkins in early spring, followed by edible nuts

  • Family Betulaceae / Betulaceae

  • Species 'Purpurea' is a large deciduous shrub to 6m, with broad, deep purple leaves to 12cm in length. Pendulous pale yellow catkins on leafless twigs in late winter are followed by edible nuts concealed by a tubular husk

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in chalky soil in sun or partial shade. For fruit production, grow as a goblet-shaped bush. Keep clear soil in a 60cm radius around trunk

Propagation Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Prone to caterpillars, sawflies and aphids

Diseases Generally disease free

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