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purple hazel

historymanhistoryman Posts: 119
I took young plants, three years ago, from base of Hazel. They are healthy plants, but they are green ! Does anyone know if this is normal, will they eventually turn purple ?
Thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,318
    I think purple hazel is grafted ... your plants probably came from below the graft. 
    😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • historymanhistoryman Posts: 119
    Thank you, I was not aware of that, nevertheless got three nice plants, will plant them in hedgerow.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,318
    The squirrels will thank you for them 😃 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • historymanhistoryman Posts: 119
    ah! They found the nuts on mature bush.
  • Further to my post on Purple Hazel 
    It is now a very large shrub, how hard back can I cut it and when - Thanks
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited September 2020
    Hazel can be coppiced, so you can cut back as hard as you like, as long as you don't cut it below the graft point.  It depends on what you want to achieve.
    If you just want to keep it to roughly the same size each year, see how much it has grown this year and prune it back by a similar amount when it is dormant.  Always remove any dead, diseased or damaged stems first.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • SuesynSuesyn South Somerset Posts: 541
    I have purple Hazel which came from seedlings which I found in friends garden when they were about15cm tall. I assume they had grown from nuts fallen from her tree/buried by squirrels. Mine is now about 3m tall and I'm planning on taking some of the larger stems out during dormancy to reduce it a bit.
    I love the red colour to the nuts before they ripen. 
  • Thank you,both
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