Corylus americana (American Hazelnut) [8 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a chilling period to germinate. Sow the large, brown seeds about 1/2 inch deep in pots outdoors or in a nursery bed in fall to early winter. I have also had good luck getting them started by mixing them with a handful or two of moist vermiculite in a plastic bag, storing it in a refrigerator for about 3 months, and then setting it in a room-temperature spot out of direct sun. If you try this approach, check the bag every week or so, picking out individual seeds as they show signs of sprouting and planting them in deep pots. Or, you could try planting the sprouted seeds directly in prepared spots where you want the trees to grow. They will need careful attention, though, and protection from animals.

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American hazelnut (Corylus americana), also known as American filbert, is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that generally reaches 10 to 12 feet tall. It can spread by root suckers to form broad thickets. The deep green leaves often develop showy fall color (usually yellows and oranges). Some seedlings from my plants have also shown purplish markings on the leaves. The male flowers are held in dangling catkins that are particularly noticeable after the leaves drop in fall. The female flowers are tiny red blossoms: barely noticeable in bloom but much more obvious when they develop into the ruffled husks, which contain the rounded, brown, edible seeds (nuts)—food for people as well as wildlife. It is also a host plant for some butterflies and moths. American hazel is native to eastern North America. Full sun to partial shade; average soil. Zones 5 to 9.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2023. At least 8 seeds. Ecotype unknown.

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