‘Burgundy Lace’ is a unique hazelnut selection for the ornamental landscape tree market. It is the only European hazelnut (Corylus avellana) cultivar in the nursery trade that combines dissected leaves (the cutleaf trait), red leaf color and resistance to the Oregon strain of eastern filbert blight (EFB). The tree is moderately vigorous and has a desirable upright-spreading growth habit that should be easy to manage in a landscape setting.
Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon' (Red Dragon European Filbert)
From Shawn Mehlenbacher's work here at OSU comes a prized, blight-resistant, contorted, red-leaf hazelnut. With moderately contorted growth, it has an arching grace. Its purple color is intense in spring and early summer, and still dark later in the year. These are expensive but worth it; they will attract a lot of attention at garden centers.
Uncommon in American gardens, this medium to large tree ought to be used more for its pest-free character, corky bark, and symmetrical cone-shaped outline. Stays remarkably green through the toughest drought. Often used as rootstock for C. avellana 'Contorta' because it has less potential to produce suckers below the graft union as compared to C. avellana.