Hazelnuts, American and beaked (Corylus americana and Corylus cornuta)

Hazelnuts, American and beaked (Corylus americana and Corylus cornuta)

Exposure

Full sun to part shade. Zone 4.

Soil

Prefer well-drained, loamy soil.

Growth Habits

Medium to fast growing, native, multiple-stemmed shrubs or small trees growing from 6-12 feet tall and often forming a dense thicket. Hazels have quite ornamental catkins through the winter that fill out and color up in early spring. The small nuts can be eaten and are often quite tasty, but this plant is best considered as a wildlife habitat and food plant that does well as a creek side, water garden, or riparian buffer plant.

Two plants of the same type required for pollination. (American Hazelnut and Beaked Hazelnut DO NOT pollinate each other.)

Landscape Uses

Shrub border, living fence, riparian buffer species.

Usefulness

Thick-shelled nuts with small, sweet kernels. Nuts are sweeter and softer in milk stage. Native to North America.

Available Varieties

'Beaked Hazelnut', Corylus cornuta - A thicket-forming native plant that produces edible ½ inch nuts.

'American Filbert', Corylus americana - A clump-forming, large, native shrub with small edible nuts.

Pricing Information

$20.00/1 gal., $32.00/3 gal., $39.00/5 gal.