I wouldn't jump to that conclusion without a visual leaf ID. Corylus avellana is HIGHLY susceptible to eastern filbert blight, not confined to the east, and does not do well in warmer climates such as FL. This could easily be any contorted tree. I do not see evidence of EFB on the stems, suggesting it may not be Corylus spp.
I have a friend who has one of these shrubs in his yard. It is prettier than this sample. I would post a picture of it, but am on the road and don't have my full picture library with me. He calls it a "Contortion tree". I'll tell him he true name. Thanks!