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American Hazelnut

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This is a versatile shrub that can grow into a thick hedgerow while providing a haven for wildlife and healthy treats for all the family.

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American Hazelnut

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The compact American Hazelnut is low-maintenance and produces branches bursting  with delicious nuts every year. A perfect shrub if you have limited space, it will reach a height of between 8 and 12 feet with a spread of up to 8 feet at full maturity.

This hardy shrub is quite at home in zones 4 through 9 and as well as providing you with a hearty crop of healthful nuts, it makes a great shrub to plant in rows to produce a living privacy fence or property boundary.  The shrubs make a great nest territory for all your favorite birds.

The drought-tolerant hazelnut puts forth sturdy branches with dark green leaves that produce vibrant fall foliage that will add golden, red and orange color to your garden throughout the autumn season. The catkins produced by the male flowers provide a great winter food source for wild animals.  

The American Hazelnut adapts easily to all soil types and thrives in full sunlight. The small nuts are easy to crack and have sweet kernels that are rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and omegas 3 and 6 so they are healthful as well as tasty. They are perfect for eating fresh form the shrub or roasted on the grill.

Planted in pairs for guaranteed pollination, the American Hazelnut shrub will produce a bountiful crop of nuts from September through October.








Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 8-12 ft.
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Corylus americana
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-9
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It's Easy to Plant your American Hazelnut

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Hazelnut .

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Hazelnut gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Hazelnut again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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What type of fertilizer proagates growth?
Kevin S on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: My husband likes to use the Orchard tree fertilizer spikes. Personally, I think natural fertilizers mulched into the soil around the tree (but not touching the bark) can do wonders. If you are having problems with rabbits or rodents gnawing on the tree, part of the natural fertilizers should be from a predatory animal like a cat or a dog. That usually helps.
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How many years to nuts ?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer: You should see nuts within the first 2 - 3 years of your tree being planted.
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What is the proper time/schedule for trimming and nurturing, i.e., feeding/fertilizing?
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your American Hazelnut can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.