I read that hazelnuts were native to GA, but I've never seen any growing here. Does anyone have any information on this?
"Hazelnut" is an invented marketing term. Filbert is the common name long accepted, and you can see why the marketers went to work on it! The American Filbert, corylus americana, is not noted for quality fruit production as is the Turkish Filbert, corylus colurna. It is a large shrub/ small tree, and not terribly attractive in the landscape. You've probably seen it, and overlooked it. You may also be familiar with the more ornamental species of corylopsis glabrescens and corylopsis gotoana, or fragrant winterhazels, which bloom in late winter/early spring. "Harry Lauder's Walkingstick", Cortored Hazlenut, or corylus avellana var. "Cortorta", may also be familiar to you. A better source of naitive nut tree is the Shagbark Hickory, or carya ovata, which had delicious nuts, and makes a fine landscape specimen, with brilliant yellow fall color.
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SUNFLOWER---thanks so much for the info! Would love to grow a nut tree.....pecans take to long to produce. Do hickory take long? Never eaten a hickory nut! Are those the ones that are covered in an outer "shell" that is very prickly?