Hazelnut Hybrids, Northern
Sorry, no hazelnut trees can be shipped to the United States western states or British Columbia due to restrictions by USDA and Agriculture Canada. Our Northern hazels were selected from seed sources and crosses made for cold climates. Our seed sources include C. heterophylla hybrids (Asian hardy) as well as original crosses made at Morden Experimental Farm in Manitoba. This work is being carried on at the University of Saskatchewan. The seedlings and layered selections were open pollinated in our diverse hazelnut orchard. Nut and plant size of the progeny are bigger than the parent trees, but the trees are smaller than the standard European varieties. Our selected layered trees are highly blight resistant. We expect the seedlings to be at least 70% blight free too. Mature tree size is about 3-4 m tall and 3-4 m wide (10-14 ft). We consider them hardy for zone 3b, possibly 3a.
Please note - hazelnut Layers will be added when the actual inventory is completed in the fall.
These C. Heterophylla hybrids are open pollinated crosses from our genetically mixed hazelnut orchard. Nuts ripen in late August.Suited for climate zones 4a to 8.
Our parent seed for this strain was grown in Saskatchewan where the less hardy trees of the Manitoba crosses were weeded out. The crosses were made by the Director of the Morden Experimental Farm in Manitoba. He crossed the prairie adapted native American hazel with breeding selections from the Geneva NY breeding project and distributed the off-spring across the prairies. The University of Saskatchewan is continuing with the hazelnut work. Blight resistance seems very good. Nuts ripen in late August. Suited for climate zones 4a-7.
These are hazel hybrids crossed with European hazels with years of exposure to the Wisconsin & Minnesota climate. They are productive trees with moderately thick shells. There is wide variation in tree size, nut size and the ease of husking. Suited for climate zone 3-8.
'AndrewTM' is a medium size "Asian/Quebec source" tree growing to about 3-4 m tall and spreading about 3 m (12' tall & 10' wide). It is productive and highly blight resistant. It is being tested as a pollinizer variety for later ripening commercial cultivars. The nuts are medium size, round and ripen late August. Suited for climate zones 3b-8.
'AldaraTM' is a medium size "Asian/Quebec source" tree growing to about 3-4 m tall and spreading about 3 m (12' tall & 10' wide). It is very productive and highly blight resistant. It is being tested as a pollinizer variety for later ripening commercial cultivars and as a main crop cultivar. The nuts are medium size, round and ripen late August. Suited for climate zones 3b-8.
'Crimson' is a hardy red leaf hazel, possibly the most hardy ornamental hazel cultivar. It is a 'Wisconsin source' hazel with deep red leaf colour and large frilly husks that remain red until harvest in late September. It is expected to grow to about 2 metres tall. It is hardy from zone 4-8.
'Skinner' parentage is unknown. It was introduced by Fred Ashworth in co-operation with Mr. Skinner of Manitoba. It is believed that Mr. Skinner, a hobbiest breeder obtained European pollen and crossed it with a native American hazel. The tree is very productive, blight resistant and medium size. 'Skinner' is a moderately large nut with distinctive features of the American hazel. It is hardy for climates zones 4-8.