Hazel nuts

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Anybody out there growing hazelnuts?

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

Not me! Don't even know what a hazel nut tree looks like .. is it pretty? When I lived in north florida I had a hickory nut tree next to my house of which half of it hung over my tin roof .. you can well imagine what it sounded like when they began to fall!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

I've never seen a hazel nut tree/shrub either, but according to DG plantfile info, most are cold hardy from zone 4a - 8b, and have pretty fall color. I'm always suspicious about a plant's viability in our neck of the woods, though, when I can find no local info. Same goes for the Texas Mountain Laurel, a plant I bought a few months ago from a nursery in Columbia. The tag info didn't mention that it can't grow in acidic soil, and I'm miffed it was marketed here in the midlands. I bought 2, and I'm considering growing them in containers, so I can control the soil PH.

I have a love/hate relationship with hickory nut trees. The leaves are so pretty, and I love the fruit (although I don't have the patience or skill to shell them), but the fallen nuts are really rough on my lawn mowers. Falling on a tin roof, the sound must be similar to gunshots!

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Hazel = filbert.
I have not planted but it is the first nut tree I would choose to grow because other than protecting the trunk from sun scald (got to wrap it) it seems perfect. One of the smallest nut trees It is pretty --- even just the leaf. Can take any soil. In the south supposed to plant in early winter and in colder climates in the spring. Growing up, we always had roasted hazelnuts at Christmas. Never could develop a taste for hazelnut chocolate tho.

Edited because IPAD thinks it can spell better than me and thinks it knows what I want to say!

This message was edited Jun 6, 2013 7:13 PM

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7b)

You guys should try living with several black walnut trees next to your house on one side and an oak tree on the other. :)

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I have the walnut ( just one) many oak, sweet gum, and a full metal roof!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the info, missingrosie. Have you ever seen them marketed here in the Carolinas?

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I have not looked but choose a landscape nursery in your area and call them to learn if they will order for you. I could not find young carolina silverbells and Kiefer landscape got for me a few years back at $12 each. Skinny little things perhaps 3 - 4 feet high. I just had to wait for kiefer to get a larger order together from their suppliers. Kiefer is here in NC ( a website allows you to learn what is in stock) but you would not want to go far so just call a landscape nursery in your area. Hope you find it!

(Zone 9a)

Walter Reeves, host of Your Southern Garden on ETV down here, has some thoughts on hazelnut trees. He is referencing GA but I would think the info would cross our state lines.


Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)


I am surprised won't grow - hazelnuts used in italian cooking and flavors. Plenty hot and humid in Italy. The zone info says 3-9 and 4-9. Disappointing if true .. The colors are great in the fall. Here - I woild need a good fence til grown because the deer like all of it soup to "nuts" . No pun intended! ;0)

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the all the info. As I stated previously, I'm always suspicious about plants that are supposed to be suitable for our area, yet nobody grows them. I'll certainly contact a few nurseries for advice/availability. Sounds like they might do better up your way, missingrosie, assuming you get them before the deer.-)

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

I have grown hazelnuts, but in the mountains of Virginia, not in Georgia. Small nuts on bushy 8-10 foot shrubs. Filbert is a much larger nut and plant. Hazelnuts thrive in moist cool summers. In Virginia there are wild ones along many creeks.

Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

I have land in Waco Georgia and there are 3 hazel nut trees there. They are old old old , my grandparents planted them . I rarely go to gather them as they are accross a railroad crossing and hard to get to. If I go home in October I'll try to get someone to walk over with me and we will dig up some little ones if there are any.
I may try to see if they will grow here at the coast. It is a drier climate in north west georgia.


Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the input, Farmerdill; I always thought filberts and hazlenuts were the same. I've decided not to attempt growing hazelnuts in my location, but Lavina I hope you prove me all wrong.

This message was edited Jun 8, 2013 5:09 PM

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7b)

Quote from missingrosie :
I have the walnut ( just one) many oak, sweet gum, and a full metal roof!

We have sweet gum, also. Thankfully, it is just far enough back to not fall on our roof (I think). It did kill my habit of going barefoot outside, pretty much, though....at least out back. :)

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

From the Diamond Nut Company ( and repeated by many sources ) hazelnut - american. Filbert - type grown commercially in Turkey and other areas. Most say same nut.

The hazelnut and the filbert are considered the same nut by some; cousins by others. In general, hazelnuts are larger and mainly harvested in the United States, in Oregon and Washington, while the filbert grows primarily in Turkey, Italy and Spain. The hazelnut has a round smooth shell.

Carolinaflower - the sweet gum = real pain in many ways but sure pretty in the fall.


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