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.
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