At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Betulaceae
Latin Name: Corylus americana
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Red, yellow, green
Bloom: Brown and red
Bloom Time: March to April
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray and smooth
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 10 to 16 feet
Spread: 13 to 8 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Belonging to the Betulaceae family, Corylus Americana is commonly known as the American Hazelnut, and is indeed native to eastern North America. Cultivated as a lovely ornamental and fruit plant in gardens and lawns throughout the eastern and central states of the U.S., the American Hazelnut adapts hardily to a range of soils and has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating. In the wild, it can be frequently found in upland prairies, woodlands, thickets, valleys, and forest outskirts. The American Hazelnut’s foliage and fruit is most prosperous and abundant when the plant is situated in full sun to partial shade and cultivated within medium, well-drained soil.

Relatively fast-growing, the American Hazelnut has a spherical shape and typically sprouts multiple trunks from its base. It normally survives for over 80 years, producing an abundance of nuts. It can reach a height of 10-16 ft. with an 8-13 ft. spread. From March to April, rose-pink and tawny-brown catkins add muted streaks of color to the American Hazelnut’s smooth gray bark. Its deciduous foliage is composed of dark green leaves that invigorate the tree with lively autumnal shades of bright yellow, bronze-brown, and wine-red. The tree’s fruit matures in late summer and early autumn, serving as a valuable food source for various birds and mammals—including humans. The American Hazelnut specimen provides hazelnuts that are as flavorful as their European counterparts (Corylus Avellana), but are significantly smaller and appear to be more susceptible to blights and gall.

This tree has also been called “Filbert”, a name of French origin that some say is derived from St. Philibert (whose saint’s day is August 22nd, corresponding to the ripening dates of some hazelnuts in Europe). Early English settlers coined the name “Hazelnut”, making this the more popular term. But our acknowledgement of this species’ worth extends back nearly 2,000 years ago, when the Ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides famously emphasized the medicinal properties of the hazelnut (for curing coughs, easing colds, healing hair loss, etc.).

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