American Filbert

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You'll love the hardy native American Filbert Tree (Corylus americana) for its many features! Unique foliage and tasty nuts, also known as Hazelnuts! Versatile for use as large shrubs, or pruned into an ornamental edible specimen tree.

The spring clusters of yellow-brown tasseled catkins appear and gently sway in the breeze as they pollinate the tiny female flowers. The dark green, heart-shaped leaves are pleated and serrated and look fantastic all growing season long! Autumn temperatures bring on a drastic change as fall colors range from vivid orange, mellow golds, and yellows and even deepen into rich wine-reds!

In addition to the fall color, you'll notice green clustered capsules of egg-shaped nuts that are surrounded by shaggy green bracts that turn brown when ripe. The bird-friendly nuts are favorites of squirrels, and groundbirds among other wildlife when they ripen late in the season (September to October)! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, these shrubby trees grow 10-15 feet in height and a bit smaller in width at maturity.

Planting and Application:

Filbert Trees are larger natives that are ideal for unique lawn trees, and small-scale shade. Groupings and rows of these deciduous plants in their shrubby forms are perfect for naturalizing areas, as windbreaks, and as privacy hedgerows. These lovely freeform screenings with tasty benefits!

Use Filberts in Rain Garden settings or riparian buffers along stream beds, and woodland borders. Naturally thicket-forming and dense roots make Filberts ideal for erosion control and steep slopes! You'll enjoy them among your Nut Tree groves! Use the nuts raw, in baking, roasted, or ground into your own chocolaty nut spread!

If you don't get to them first, Hazelnuts provide food and the branching provides cover for songbirds and wildlife that feast on the catkins and nuts. Plant a hedgerow or shelterbelt for wildlife habitat, cover, food, and nesting sites!

  • Pretty Foliage, Catkins & Edible Nuts
  • Fast-Growing Shrubby Trees
  • Gorgeous Fall Color
  • Bird-Friendly & Supports Wildlife
  • Naturalizing, Food Forests, Privacy & Shelterbelts

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Filbert Trees are adaptable to full sun and partial shade, wet or dry conditions, and have outstanding ease of care and adaptability. For the driest zones, provide your tree protection from the afternoon sun and supplemental water in extended periods of drought. A 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist mulch helps keep the roots cool and moist.

Prune these trees into multi-branched shrubs or trees, or train them into single-stem specimens after they've finished flowering. You can also renewal prune which involves removing the older thicker branches down to the ground every couple of years - leaving the younger, thinner branches in place to flower and fruit. Removing the older, less productive branches keeps the plants healthier and more vigorous.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Cold Hardy In Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Higher Moisture
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Eastern Filbert Blight & Disease Resistant

Support wildlife & birds while enjoying tasty Hazelnuts with a hardy native American Filbert Tree for your landscape! Buy at Nature Hills before they sell out!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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American Filbert Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4 - 9
Growing Zones 4 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Corylus americana
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 10 - 15 Feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Brown Catkins
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly No
Fruiting Time Summer
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No