Corylus avellena 'Red Dragon'

Red Dragon Contorted Filbert

Categories: Shrubs

Catkins, leaf buds, and young leaves are dark purple in color . Leaf size is medium, allowing the contorted growth to be visible in the summer months. The leaves of ‘Red Dragon’, like those of ‘Contorta’, are somewhat curled. Compared with other selections in the trial, ‘Red Dragon’ showed better retention of red leaf color in late summer in leaves near the shoot terminals. Comments on ‘Red Dragon’ from nursery growers were overwhelmingly positive, especially for growth habit and color retention.

More About Corylus avellena 'Red Dragon'

  • ?Red Dragon? is a new ornamental hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) cultivar. It was released by the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station in Mar. 2008.
  • wonderful contrasting foliage and twigs
  • very hardy...needs no protection

‘Red Dragon’ has red leaves, contorted growth habit, and resistance to eastern filbert blight (EFB) caused by Anisogramma anomala (Peck) E. Müller.

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5-8 ft


5-10 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Corylus avellena 'Red Dragon' Characteristics


  • Interesting Bark
  • Specimen


  • Does best in full sun
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Fall Color

  • Wine Red

Flower Color

  • Red


  • Spreading
  • Irregular