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American HazelnutAmerican Hazelnut Fuzzy Leaves - Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.orgAmerican Hazelnut Flowers - Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Hazelnut, American – 6-12″ (1-0)

Useful both in landscapes and in naturalized settings, American hazelnut (Corylus americana) provides excellent food for wildlife.  Small mammals depend on its mast crop of nuts.  Its foliage supports a variety of interesting caterpillars that in turn feed birds.  To keep it from forming a thicket, clip back sprouts quickly.  American hazelnut can be pruned at any time.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  6-12″
  • Seedling Age:  1-0
  • Mature Height:  10 – 16 feet
  • Mature Width:  8 – 13 feet
  • Soil Type:  Loamy, Sandy, Rocky
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Medium

Key Characteristics of American Hazelnut 

  • Flowers appear in early spring along with male catkins.
  • Nuts mature in September.  They are edible and of enormous habitat value.
  • This plant is typically multi-stemmed and leggy.
  • Leaves are fuzzy and serrated.  Fall color is showy, ranging from yellow to copper-red.

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Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Try American hazelnut instead of invasive shrub honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.).  Hazelnut also has attractive blooms, unlike honeysuckle shrubs.  However, it additionally attracts birds with its nuts that support insects.