Corylus americana

American Filbert or Hazelnut

Tips for Homeowners:

If you do not want the shrub to spread, trim back the roots to remove suckers (unwanted new shoots).

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This native shrub blends with nature and makes itself known primarily when it is time to eat the highly prized nut.

  • Native shrub
  • Delicious, edible nuts
  • Good for naturalizing and attracting wildlife

Best grown in naturalized, open areas where it has plenty of room to roam.  Will grow best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 15-18 ft
Spread: 10-12 ft
Zone: 4-9
Color: Red, Yellow

Interesting Notes about American Filbert:

The most attractive part of this plant visually is the formation of the hazelnuts in late summer. The nut is very tasty and somewhat easy to shell. Besides being prized by humans, however, the squirrel population loves them, as do deer, woodpeckers, pheasants and other birds.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • Fall Color
  • Native
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Edible

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water