The Ups And Downs Of Growing Hazelnut Trees
Hazelnut trees can be found all over the countryside through most regions of North America, though they fail to fully survive and fruit in the hot and dry areas to the far south of the continent. Likewise, they need a good deal of summer sunshine in order to produce the nuts that we so love and wait for, so trying to grow them in regions where the summers are shorter than 6 months in duration may not work out to well at all. Hazelnut trees are actual woody shrubs, and the bush itself is quite hardy. Aside from a few common parasites and the invasion of plant eating insects, it has a sound survival rate as both a natural occurrence and a yard plant. Little fertilization or protection is needed when caring for these plants, though it is recommended that they are grown in twos for cross pollination purposes.
This is not to say that hazelnut trees don’t have their fair share of diseases and sick time, but it is rarely so effected as to cause death or a huge reduction in nut production. Its structure is very limbed and straight upward, much like a cluster of shoots rutting up from one area. This will eventually give the shrub a very round and full appearance, though the bare stalks at the middle of the clump will tell a different story. Hazelnut trees are very easy to manage as a home garden or yard ornamental, as they are very easy to trim back and train. It is not recommended that you strip too much away from it, however, as it may not give regularly should you stunt it.
Hazelnut trees come in two distinct varieties, and the African filbert bush is one of them. These shrubs are a bit more agreeable to dryness and stark sunshine, and therefore can be grown to the southern portion of North America. Our American hazelnut trees need a bit more drainage and water content, but they will also fruit more abundantly when standing in full sun. Whichever you decide to plant in your yard, you will experience a yield of nuts within 3 to 4 years, most likely.
The fruit of hazelnuts trees is, as you may know, one of our most prized and coveted snack items. They can be eaten as is, just cracked open and scraped out into your mouth, or they can be roasted to perfection. They are used in countless recipes and as our favorite dessert toppings, and they are loaded with good nutrients and oils that can only be found in nature. Beware that wild animals will be just as interested in your hazelnut trees as you are, so try tricking them before they make the raid a habit.