Common Name: American Hazelnut

  • Habit: Rhizomatous shrub
  • Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Dry to moist
  • Height: 8-15’
  • Flower: Green
  • Fruit: Nut
  • Fall Color: Red, orange
  • Natural Habitat: Upland deciduous forests
  • Larval host for: Early Hairstreak(Erora laeta), Walnut sphinx, (Amorpha juglandis)

American hazelnut is a nut bearing shrub that grows between six and twelve feet tall.  A member of the birch family, the male flowers are drooping catkins in the early spring.  The nuts are covered in a leafy bract, and are often eaten by wildlife before they are ripe.

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