Corylus colurna

Turkish Filbert

Corylus colurna - Turkish Filbert

Tips for Homeowners:

Pruning is only necessary if low limbs need to be removed for pedestrian traffic.

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A rare find, this tree is gaining popularity for its ability to tolerate pollutants and hot, dry conditions.

  • Fall foliage in varying shades of yellow
  • Light brown, flaky outer bark is attractive
  • Edible nuts ideal for roasting

This multi-use tree can be used as a street tree, a specimen in the back yard or as a shade tree.

Height: 50-60 ft
Spread: 20-30 ft
Zone: 4-7
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Turkish Filbert:

This tree is widely used in Germany as a street tree and is currently becoming popular in the U.S. for the same purpose.  Negative impact might actually be the nuts produced because it could interfere with sidewalk traffic, but the actual crop of nuts is sporadic per tree and depends on multiple trees for cross-pollination.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Edible
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Focal Point
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water