brown red Y catkins to 10 cm, X inconspicuous, March/April
edible nuts in purple-red husks
parks, public greenspaces and gardens
few requirements, preferably calcareous sandy soil
Устойчивость к ветру:
England, ± 1836
A tall shrub that can grow into a small many-stemmed tree. The crown is capriciously spherical. The leaf is wide and obovate with a double serrated margin. Appearing deep purple red in spring and colouring through purple green to dark green in summer. The inflorescence is formed by conspicuous brown red, male catkins that are gracefully pendent. They become circa10 cm long. The female small flowers are reddish and inconspicuous. This inflorescence appears well before the leaves. The edible nuts are surrounded by fasciated husks (bracts). These are longer than the nuts and have a brown-red colour too. The nuts are circa 2 cm across. C. maxima has a deep-rooting root system. Is very strong and little susceptible to diseases. Tolerates drought and hard surfacing well.