History: Asian Hazel is native to parts of China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia. It is grown commercially in China and nuts foraged from wild trees are also commonly sold in markets. These are seedlings of the variety Aldara, a variety selected by Ernie Grimo for its good productivity and disease resistance.
Why We Grow It: Asian Hazel is hardy and very similar to an American Hazel. These seeds were grown from the cultivar Aldara which has superior nut quality and disease resistance. While each seedling will contain its own unique DNA, they will have some qualities from their mother plant. Hazelnuts are an excellent food source, and a delicious perennial crop.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
Soil Preference: Rich loam is preferred, but is adaptable to different soil types
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Shrub reaches 7m tall and is generally disease resistant
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily), but does best in full sun
Pollination:Requires at least one other tree to pollinate and produce nuts, will produce more if other Corylus spp are nearby
Storage:Keeps up to six months in the fridge
Recommended Use: Cooking, baking, preserving, wheat flour replacement using the nuts, animal fodder using the vegetative growth or nuts
Height not including roots: 20-30cm 1 year seedling