American Hazelnut

All About the American Hazelnut:

Scientific Nomenclature: Corylus americana

Common Names: American hazelnut, American filbert, American hazel

Mature Height: 9–12 feet

Mature Spread: 8–13 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Birds and mammals

Messiness: This shrubby tree will drop its leaves in autumn. Flowers will bloom in both spring and winter and drop shortly after blooming. Hazelnuts develop and drop in late summer or autumn.

Shape: Round

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Grows its best in well-drained, even occasionally dry, clay, loam and/or sandy soils. Acidic (<6.0pH) or neutral (6.0–8.0pH) soils are preferred.

Screening: Useful and sought after as a screening/privacy plant.

Drought Tolerance: Slightly drought tolerant.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: The American hazelnut can be pruned to maintain its shape. This tree suckers moderately and grows relatively quickly.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over the next 20 years one American hazelnut will:

  • Sequester ~1,482 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 332 gallons.