The Beaked Hazelnut is our most northern nut. Our forests are just filled with them and they often feed much wildlife. Smaller in size compared to our commercial bought hazelnuts but the Beaked Hazel is a satisfying snack. The nut meat is rich in flavour. It's narrow branching shape and relatively low height make it a good candidate to be grown in small spaces or yards. The husks start to turn brown around mid August most years and this is when you want to start to pick them. By September they are usually far and few between. This is by far our hardiest hazelnut that we can grow.
Hazelnuts need to be harvested before the squirrels get to them, try checking already by mid August and harvest hazels when husks start to turn brown. Alternatively installing a metal fence around the bush will keep your nut stash safe as well. When planting hazelnuts avoid planting in rich soil, instead try planting in light and sandy soil. Soil that is rich makes hazelnuts grow too quickly and they will produce less nuts.
Hardiness Zone: 2
Height at Maturity: 15 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun, partial shade
Pollination: Plant two of each for best pollination
Latin Name: Corylus Cornuta