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Corylus americana, the American hazelnut or American hazel, is native to the eastern and central United States and extreme southern parts of eastern and central Canada (see image). It is also grown in other areas throughout Canada and the United States.

The American hazelnut grows to a height of roughly 2.5 to 5 m (8 to 16 ft). It is a medium to large shrub, which under some conditions can take the like of a small tree.

American hazelnut produces edible nuts that mature at a time between July and October. The nuts are edible raw.

Corylus americana is cultivated as an ornamental plant for native plant gardens, and in wildlife gardens to attract and keep fauna in an area. It is a medium to fast-growing species.

It adapts well to a range of soil pH and types. American hazelnut prefers full sun for best growth and development. Though it can grow and persist in partial shade.

Type: Hardy shrub/tree

Hardiness zones: 4-9

Seeds per pack: 3

GerminationSurface sow in a sterile seed-start mix. Water, and place in plastic, and in the fridge for 90 days for stratification. Then bring to warmth for them to germinate. Keep continually moist.

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