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Think Hazelnuts

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Do you have a place “out back” or “over there” in your home landscape where you’d like to plant some kind of woody plant; but you don’t think there is enough room for even a smallish tree? Would a wonderful, useful woody shrub do; especially if it only reached about 15 feet in height and 10 feet in diameter at maturity? How about if it also produced a bounty of wonderfully-tasting, nutritious nuts in less than 10 years? If so, you may be thinking of a hazelnut.

Hazelnuts have provided nourishing food for over 5,000 years, and the ancient Chinese even called them a “sacred nourishment.” The following illustration from the National Arbor Day Foundation summarizes the world of benefits of hazels very well.

If you want to try hazelnuts, you will actually need to plant three of the bushes within a reasonable distance of each other (preferably in a clump, if possible) in order to facilitate successful cross pollination. So, if your space can accommodate this additional requirement, why not give hazelnuts a try? This additional information from the Arbor Day Foundation tells you more about the amazing hazelnut, or contact the Foundation at Click the icon to enlarge.

Hazelnuts are good for the environment, good for wildlife, good for growers, and TASTE GREAT! Give ‘em a try!