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.