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Corylus avellana contorta seems to be ailing. There are new buds on it but the leaves are droopy. I think it's getting plenty of water and it's had new soil recently. Any ideas?

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After listening to people on here and reading up on it, I'm coming to the conclusion that the droopiness is the plant's normal habit but the brownness is a sign of blight, probably something called Eastern Filbert Blight.

So I'm going to trim off all the brown bits and spray it with a solution of bicarb.

Apparently many gardeners place summer plants in front of this tree precisely because it looks ugly and ailing in the summer. Then when the plants die back in winter it gets a chance to shine with its catkins and amazing bare branches.

I'm thinking verbena bonariensis would be a good choice to go in front of it!

Update on my avellana plant: I trimmed off the brown bits and sprayed the leaves with bicarb solution. I also stopped watering it so much because I thought I might have been overwatering. It's now looking a lot healthier and there's new growth on it.

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@griffinkate aww that鈥檚 a sad plant - can鈥檛 help you unfortunately, but will re-toot, so someone else hopefully can

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@whakkee Thank you! Hope you're enjoying the UK!

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@griffinkate I am, thanks! Just arrived at Orkney (Stromness)

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@griffinkate looks like a fungal issue? try placing it where it can get a little more airflow and make sure you're not watering too much. after that, perhaps a neem or baking soda spray

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@glitterwitch Thanks. I've been watering a lot because it's been so hot and dry here, but maybe I've overdone it. I've just moved it so it has space all around it and today I'll get some baking soda.

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@griffinkate no problem. honestly with this hot weather even regular watering can make humidity really high and encourage fungus. I hope the lil guy makes it, I love curly cultivars

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@griffinkate FWIW I have seen other hazels of the 'Contorta' variety that are just... like that. Droopy and weird-looking leaves.

That doesn't mean it *isn't* ailing, but it may just be the normal leaf pattern for that tree.

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@artsyhonker Thanks for this. I am going to try some remedial measures suggested by someone on here and if it perks up as a result I'll know something was wrong. If it stays the same maybe it really is meant to be like this?

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