Turkish Hazel

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Wildlife Appeal, Edible Nuts Turkish Hazel

  • Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit
  • Symmetrical Pyramidal Outline
  • Bold, Dark-Green Leaves
  • Dense Branch Structure Makes Great Shade
  • Unique, Corky Bark for Winter Interest
  • Cute Catkins in Early Spring
  • Beaked Fruit Held in Clusters
  • Seeds are Edible Hazelnuts
  • Can Also Be Considered Excellent Mast for Wildlife
  • Rugged and Easy Care
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Cold Hardy
  • Will Not Produce Suckers
  • Pest Free

If your shade tree checklist looks something like this...attractive shape...compact...easy care; be sure to put this beloved tree on your short list. With its annual crop of clustered, edible nuts, consider this beautiful, pyramidal tree for applications from street plantings to permaculture.

Turkish Hazel (Corylus colurna) is a mid-size tree with beautifully strong features. The valiant canopy is narrow, formal and stunningly pyramidal, and rises from a straight, stout trunk with corky bark.

Large, broadly oval leaves are quite a dark green. Their doubly serrate edges are frankly...suave. Forgive us, but this tree is actually kind of a stud.

Originally found in Central Europe, Turkish Hazel is widely adaptable in the United States. City planners are loving this variety. It is pest-free and once established, tolerates drought and urban conditions.

Edible seeds are found in brown, beaked clusters, and you'll have to crack a thick shell to access the meat. Some choose to leave them for squirrels and other wildlife.

They look great standing as a single specimen. They can certainly hold their own in a mixed food forest for wildlife. Make your property produce food for your family, and furry friends, as well.

Self-pollinating, with both female flowers and male catkins on the same tree, Turkish Hazel relies on the wind to carry pollen. The cumulative effect of the early spring display is quite ornamental.

These trees are related to the beautiful Birches, after all. And the Turkish Hazel tree is the tallest of the Hazelnuts.

It looks good in all seasons. Welcome spring with the long catkins, gain welcome dense shade for summer and a nice mix of yellow tones for fall color.

Even winter will give you a chance to study the cool, corky bark. Steal some of the hazelnuts to roast on an open fire.

Order the award-winning Turkish Hazel from our tree experts today. Baby them until they are well-established, then relish their robust, well-build charm and carefree nature.

How to Use Turkish Hazel in the Landscape

These trees make wonderful accents. Anchor your foundation planting with one planted 25 feet from the corner of your home.

Or, take a page out of a city planners guidebook. Add several across the front of your property as a terrific street planting.

The branches can be allowed to start growing low on the trunk. Why not add them outside your pool deck fencing in a low-maintenance mulched bed?

Nobody will see through the densely held branches and thick leaves. Use them at your fence line or as a grouping in an island bed in your lawn.

Privacy, shade and durability. You'll fall in love with this tree, like so many before you.

Add with Oaks and Chickasaw Plums for a naturalized property. Nature Hills is so happy to provide such amazing options for a well-managed wildlife retreat, homestead or permaculture.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Turkish Hazel performs best in full sun, with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the better!

Plant it in well-drained soil. Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis to establish your tree.

It may take two years for the root system to fully get established. Baby it during this time, and add Nature Hills Root Booster to your order. That time-tested formula will tremendously, with benefits extending over the entire life of the tree.

You'll see Turkish Hazel used on dry sites. We do recommend you apply water during long periods of drought. Protect your investment!

If you apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant, you'll cut down on surface evaporation. Please pull mulch back at least six inches from the stems for proper air circulation.

Prune to raise the canopy or correct only in late winter. Check to see the developing catkins...really get to know these outstanding trees of yours.

Order today to enjoy the formal good looks of Turkish Hazel on your property! Commercial, residential, rural and municipal, their strapping shape fits in anywhere.

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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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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Turkish Hazel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Corylus colurna
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium, then Low
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No