This hazelnut is a cross of the American Hazelnut and the European Hazelnut. Nuts average 1.5 to 2 cm in size and ripen around late August. These are seedlings from productive trees developed by Les Kerr in Saskatchewan. Being open pollinated seedlings, nut and tree characteristics will vary from tree to tree.
Hazelnuts need to be harvested before the squirrels get to them. Start checking already by mid August and harvest hazels when husks start to turn brown. Alternatively installing a metal fence around the tree 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 hazelnuts grow too vigorously and will produce less nuts.
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height: 3 meters (8-10 feet)
Spread: 2 meters (6-8 feet)
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun, partial shade
Pollination: Plant two of each for pollination or along with American hazelnut
Latin Name: Corylus ‘Northern Select Hazelnut’