Go Back Hazelnut American

Corylus americana
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Plant Type: Deciduous Shrubs, Fruits

This native species is the most adaptable and reliable nut-bearing plant in North America. Immune to filbert blight and bud mite. Resistant to frost in full flower, even when the temperatures drop into the low 20’s. Shrubs are tap rooted at first, eventually producing stolons that turn it into a multi-stemmed shrub from 4-12 ft. tall. This is the most dwarf species of hazelnut. Starting in their 2nd year, small runners come out 3-6 inches from the main trunk. Each of these sprouts will begin producing nuts in two years. The nutshell is thick, but the flavor is outstanding. The Native Americans drank a tea from the inner bark to cure hives and hay fever. The nuts were crushed and used as a body for soup or eaten raw with honey. Good for pollinating other hazels. Can produce in light shade. Hardiness -35 +F.

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Flower Color

Foliage Color

Dark green changes to yellow-green with a hint of red

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

not picky

Characteristics & Attributes


edible nuts. great plant for a border or natural settings.

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance



part to full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

nuts, fall color