American Hazelnut is native shrub of eastern Canada. It is a great addition to a nut orchard as it is a good pollinator for our hybrid hazels. Typically grows in a shrub shape and often suckers around its planted location, can be useful as a hedge. Attracts much wildlife. Its hazelnuts can be harvested in September and are just as tasty as the store varieties. In its native range, the American Hazel can be affected by a fungal disease called Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB). Our seed source has so far been free from this.
Hazelnuts need to be harvested before the squirrels get to them, try checking already by mid August and harvest hazels when husks start to turn brown. Alternatively installing a metal fence around the bush will keep your nut stash safe as well. When planting hazelnuts avoid planting in rich soil, instead try planting in light and sandy soil. Soil that is rich makes hazels grow too quickly and they will produce less nuts.
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height at Maturity: 6-10 feet
Spread: 6-10 feet
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun, partial shade
Latin Name: Corylus Americana