Hazelnuts (Corylus spp.) Hazelnuts are currently attracting lots of attention and for good reason. But even without considering the possible confectionery or snack market, this versatile shrubby tree offers multiple possibilities. Since the kernels are high in both oil and protein, they could potentially replace soybeans. Recent research indicates that hazelnuts produced the most oil per acre of any perennial plant. Even hazelnut shells can be used as fuel as they have almost twice the BTU as wood. Hazelnut Varieties (Layers) Hazelnuts are propagated by layering, much like black raspberries. For commercial settings they offer the advantage of genetically-identical trees for predictable ripening and consistent superior nut quality. Bareroot plants
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Nut : Hazelnut NORTHERN BLAIS 100-150cm (3 - 5')


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The exciting new hybrids listed below make hazelnut production possible in much colder regions. They are the result of crossing European hazels (Corylus heterophylla) with native Quebec trees (Corylus americana). At present the jury is still out whether Andrew and Aldara will pollinate each other. So just to be safe we recommend planting with seedling hazelnuts as pollenizers.

Northern Blais has the same parentage as Andrew (with the name alluding to the Quebecois part of it's heritage) and has similar nut quality and blight resistance. In recent Hazelnut yield comparison trials in Minnesota, Northern Blais ended up top of the heap. It appears to be a good pollination companion for Andrew as well as the seedling selections.



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