The American hazelnut or filbert is native to the eastern United States. Tasty nuts are highly prized by cooks for their easy-to-crack shells and small, sweet kernel. Self-pollinating, but planting 2 or more shrubs will ensure a good crop.
Grows to a height of 15–18’ and a spread of 10–12’ at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13” to more than 24” per year. Will begin producing nuts approximately 2–3 years after planting. Harvest from September to October. Hazelnut hedges can be used as windbreaks, visual screens, and to attract wildlife.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, Corylus americana supports 69 species of butterflies and moths in our region, including four species of sphinx moth and luna moths.