Hazelnut, Ornamental Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon'

Summary

 

Technology Description

 

Red Dragon has received high ratings as an ornamental type for contorted growth habit, twig density and maroon-red leaf color retention. Other desirable features of Red Dragon include, moderate to high vigor (for easy propagation), optimal branch spreading and a dense canopy. The nuts are slightly long and produced in clusters of one or two. Benefits include: Resistant to eastern filbert blight; Requires minimal pruning; Red leaves, flowers, husks and nuts create a uniform red canopy; Blight resistance combined with ornamental properties make Red Dragon suitable for large scale landscaping projects.  

 

Applications

 

  • Large landscaping projects
  • Bright red foliage that continues late into the season
  • Moderate contortion produces branches that resemble curly willow
  • Canopy spreads rather than droops
  • Requires well-drained soil and plenty of light

 

Background of Invention

 

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize ‘Red Dragon’, a unique ornamental hazelnut variety that combines maroon-red leaves and contorted growth with high resistance to eastern filbert blight. Developed by the OSU Horticulture Department, Red Dragon is intended for ornamental purposes in residential and commercial landscaping industry

 

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
OSU-08-09
Category(s):
Agricultural
Contact:
Berry Treat
Director
Oregon State University
541-737-8100
berry.treat@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Shawn Mehlenbacher
David Smith
Keywords:
Agriculture
Plant Varieties
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