A very popular accent shrub with twisted, contorted branch growth; quite a strong accent in both summer and in winter when the bare branches are at peak visibility; for solitary use only, cut branches are excellent in floral arrangements. Harry Lauder's Walking Stick is draped in stunning brown catkins hanging below the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The crinkled round leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The twisted dark brown bark and brown branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.