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Old 04-25-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Does anyone have filbert/hazelnut trees, if so, how are they doing? In shopping online for filberts, I came across a butternut tree which I'm not familiar with. Hmmm!
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Do babies count? I planted two American filberts ( corylus americana) last fall, and they seem to be doing fine. I think they're maybe 3 years old, and it may be a while before I get nuts. I'm in zone 7B, and they're in a mostly sunny site.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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Do babies count? I planted two American filberts ( corylus americana) last fall, and they seem to be doing fine. I think they're maybe 3 years old, and it may be a while before I get nuts. I'm in zone 7B, and they're in a mostly sunny site.
Maybe I should just keep asking you what does well in your yard as I plan my yard! I think we're near eachother (I'm a little north of Portland/Vancouver) and I'm also in 7B. My backyard faces north so I think this limits me a bit.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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butternuts are basically a type of walnut. i've never seen one outside of a catalog, as far as i know. there is also a serious problem with trees being killed by butternut canker, esp. in the carolinas.

i would like to try hazelnuts. last year i planted a couple of cold-hardy pecans but they're still little more than sticks in the ground.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I recommend finding a local nursery instead of buying online. We have the Herring Run Watershed association in my area, and they have a big native plant sale every year. Actually, the local Lowes has an awesome new garden director and she has made sure to include a lot of native plants.

My neighbor also got a lot of her pawpaws and serviceberrys (native to the east coast) from a local nursery as well. And they were so cheap! So, a garden center may be cheaper than online, and you can see the quality of the plants.

Isn't Portland full of hippies I bet there's a native garden center near you that's selling filberts and other nut trees/large shrubs. Don't make my mistake of buying natives online I did that a couple of times and got plants that weren't as nice/big and actually cost more money.

I only have one other piece of advice if you're just getting started: plant in cooler weather. If you plant in autumn or early spring (native plants are used to colder weather) it's a lot easier and the plants will survive better than if they had to go through a hot summer their first year.

I think garden centers sell a bunch of plants in the spring, because at least 1/2 are guaranteed to die from heat/water stress and they'll have repeat customers. ;D
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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I planted two hazelnuts about four years ago now, in my garden in Denver. I have had two harvests of really yummie nuts in the last two years.

I have been looking for information on propagation, storage and uses and have gotten some great answers at the permies forum.

Hazelnuts: harvest, processing, propagation...? (plants forum at permies)
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I planted two hazelnuts about four years ago now, in my garden in Denver. I have had two harvests of really yummie nuts in the last two years.

I have been looking for information on propagation, storage and uses and have gotten some great answers at the permies forum.

Hazelnuts: harvest, processing, propagation...? (plants forum at permies)
How do your grey squirrels treat your hazelnuts? I have so many squirrels that I would be afraid of just breeding more squirrels if I planted any nut trees.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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I am suprised that they do not seem to collect them. At least not that I have noticed. This year when I harvested them I was picking them up off the ground as well as off of the branches. I don't have too many squirrels but they are around.
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Old 11-30-2014, 12:07 AM
 
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Does anyone have filbert/hazelnut trees, if so, how are they doing? In shopping online for filberts, I came across a butternut tree which I'm not familiar with. Hmmm!
4 filberts, a butternut, and a heart nut all died when we had a deep freeze before the plants were fully dormant.

My ultra-hardy pecans are doing OK, growing slowly, but growing. I lost 2 out of 3 Carpathian walnuts to the freeze. One walnut is thriving.

A neighbor has healthy black walnut trees. I've had black walnut trees, and they are messy and the nut meats are far too much work to shell. I don't recommend.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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A neighbor has healthy black walnut trees. I've had black walnut trees, and they are messy and the nut meats are far too much work to shell. I don't recommend.
If you have the land and time (your young) you could plant the black walnut trees for the timber value.

As far as the meat from the nuts; they do have a distinctive flavor and, to some, are worth the extra work.
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