Corylus americana (American hazelnut) is an attractive, multi-stemmed shrub with dangling catkin flowers in early spring, delicious edible fruits in summer, and striking red foliage in fall.
Growing up to 16 ft tall and 12-13 ft wide, this shrub makes a good somewhat rough-growing hedge, providing a good windbreak as well as food for people and for birds. The maturing nuts are encased in a thick husk, which led to the genus name being derived from the Greek word for helmet.
|Botanical Name||Corylus americana|
|Common Name||American hazelnut|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||10-16ft x 8-13ft (3-5m x 2.5-4m)|
|Flower Color||Small, Yellow-Brown or Red Flowers|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Bird Border – Columbus, Bird Border – Monroe|