The Hazelnut grows in a hardiness zones of between 4 and 8. It is a medium to large sized (10ft+) multi-stemmed shrub that has a medium growth rate. It is native to America and grows in the eastern 2/3 of the country. It grows in most soils except for the very wet.
The hazelnut can spread with its suckering of the roots but is not serious. They can get quite large of over 12 ft tall and wide. Its nuts are about 1/2 inch round and are very sweet and found in grocery stores everywhere. They are a favorite food of squirrels, deer and rodents, and many times get to them before people do.
The hazelnut makes a good plant for windbreaks and shelterbelts but should be placed well away from trees so they do not compete against each other. We recommend a spacing of at least 8-10 ft apart in the row for best growth and long life. Should be spaced 20 ft from any evergreen windbreak tree.
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