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Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'

Family: Betulaceae (beh-tyoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Corylus (KOR-ih-lus) (Info)
Species: avellana (av-el-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Majestic
Additional cultivar information: (PP16048)
Hybridized by De Vries; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Provides winter interest

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandra13 On Jul 21, 2013, Sandra13 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

I could not find this plant in any local nursery. I ended up ordering it from a nursery in Oregon. I know that it is a zone 4 plant but I have a green Corylus Contorta and wanted to have this Red Majestic. I have a shady spot with dappled morning sun here in Sacramento. I will let you know how it does. Our Summers can climb to over 100 on occasion but I live in an area that receives cooling delta breezes in the late afternoon. I'll plant it in my Northwest facing garden in the Fall and that should give it a good headstart. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know as my plants are like my kids,well loved.

Positive seephotoid On Jul 3, 2013, seephotoid from Ketchikan, AK wrote:

I have two of these amazing plants and just love how they give contrast to the garden with or without leaves. I live in Ketchikan, Alaska which is located on the Southeast Panhandle of the state with a maritime climate and pretty mild winters. This plant was growing in large containers under a canopy at a commercial business where they got full to partial sun and little water. I "rescued" them and as soon as I re-planted them at my home, gave them plenty of water, and fertilized them, they established quite well and showed signs of hydration in no time.

Positive wha On Oct 23, 2009, wha from Pepperell, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

i purchased this at box store and it is grafted. Great tree with multiple season interest. If possible get one that is not grafted. I periodically need to trim out the green shots from the base of the tree.

Positive Dodsky On Jul 14, 2009, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Purchased a 4 gallon plant in late spring 2009 on clearance reduced from $60 to $20. C. 'Red Majestic' has very contorted branches like the standard plain green-leaved "contorta." Vigorous grower. The foliage is quite attractive, especially due to the red-purple-dark green coloration. As with most Corylus, Japanese beetles find the foliage attractive as a meal and they have skeletonized some of the leaves but the plant is still growing well. I'm looking forward to seeing the plant mature and what it has to offer each season. Fall color is supposed to be good, and the contorted branches should make for an interesting focal point during the winter.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 29, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a HYBRID of c. avella 'Contorta' and c. maxima purpurea. New foliage is deep purple turning red-green in summer and rich burgundy in fall.
I have saw height listed at 3-5 ft. and also 10-12 ft.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ketchikan, Alaska
Pepperell, Massachusetts
West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Salem, Oregon
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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