Hybrid Hazels (corlyus americana x avellana)
These are truly rugged shrubs. Hazelnuts have powerfully tough wood that's been used for centuries to weave wattle fences. They are hardy to at least zone 3. Hazels can grow in the sun or shade, in clay or sand. They are reliable producers of highly nutritious, delicious kernels with 3 times the protein of a soy bean, as well as high concentrations of rich oil. Hazelnuts can be eaten fresh, in baked goods, pressed for oil, and made into nutbutters. We like them best toasted.
Our hazels are hybrid crosses bred for increased nut production. Their genetic lines come from excellent hazel breeding programs in the upper midwest and in NYS.
Every seedling is different. For the most part we are seeing compact shrubs covered with nuts at an early age.
Plant at least two for pollination.