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Plant ID: Twisted Willow or Twisted Hazelnut

We've just moved home and found this lovely old tree in the garden.  I'm just getting into gardening and not sure whether this is a twisted willow or twisted hazelnut? Hope the pictures help.  Also any recommended plant identification apps that are good at identifying plants and trees for a novice? Many thanks
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,011
    Looks like the twisted hazelnut I had in my last garden and not like the twisted willow I've brought here as a cutting.

    We haven't come across a reliable app - certainly none as good as the folk on here so just post a pic when you have anew plant to ID.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,964
    Yes, Corkscrew Hazel.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Thank you so much!  This is really helpful and I will definitely come back here for further help.  Thanks again. Kirsten
  • PlantNet is pretty good for identifying. Sometimes wildly wrong of course but often get the right answer in the top two or three. Then it's a matter of narrowing down by reading details.
  • Can I ask how you tell the difference please?  
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,011
    The hazel is slower growing and very twisty.  Its leaves will be twisted too.
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/97648/Corylus-avellana-Contorta/Details

    The willow is more flexible and has paler, stems which are twisted but less tortuous than the hazel and does well in moist, boggy or wet soil.


    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 579
    Aren't you lucky!!The hazel also has catkins!
  • It's a beautiful tree and very happy to have it in the garden.  Thank you to everyone for their input. 
  • It's a beautiful tree and very happy to have it in the garden.  Thank you to everyone for their input. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,880
    A favourite of mine ❤️ 

    If you notice any straight ‘non-corkscrewed’ shoots or branches take a photo and let us see
    them. They must be removed or they’ll  take over the shrub. 

    That corkscrew Hazel would cost a fortune to buy that size. Enjoy it. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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