The American hazelnut (also known as the American filbert) is a native shrub of the eastern United States. The tasty nuts are highly prized for their easy-to-crack shells and small, sweet kernel. These trees can be grown naturally as large shrubs with many trunks, or grown as small trees through selective pruning. Hazelnut hedges can be used as windbreaks, visual screens, and to attract wildlife.
The American hazelnut grows to a height of 10-20′ and a spread of 10–12′ at maturity. Because of their smaller size, Hazelnut trees are ideal nut trees for home growers.
Leaves of the filbert or hazelnut tree are a valued food source for wildlife, including several species of butterfly. This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13″ to more than 24″ per year.
Hazelnut grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It is drought-tolerant.
The nuts produced by this shrub are a preferred by squirrels, deer, turkey, woodpeckers, pheasants, grouse, quail and jays. The male catkins are a food staple of ruffed grouse throughout the winter..
Will begin producing nuts approximately 2–3 years after planting.
Extra large 2-3 foot plants