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American Hazelnut

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American Hazelnut (Corylus americana): A natural beauty! Though it lacks any particularly striking features, American Hazelnut is a pleasant, tidy shrub that produces tasty hazelnuts in fall. Its spreading habit makes it a good choice for a natural forest setting.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Corylus
Species:
americana
Flower Color:
red
Flower Period:
from late winter to early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
American Filbert, American Hazel
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Form:
catkin

Ornamental Features

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Landscape Attributes

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Planting & Growing

American Hazelnut will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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