Corylus americana

Common name: American Filbert

Native plant

One of my favorite plants. The nut it produces is edible, a point upon which Euell Gibbons and I agree. Filbert likes as least half-day sun and good garden soil. A harbinger of spring, when male catkins elongate 2-3 inches and release puffs of pollen. The female flower is slightly bigger than the head of a ballpoint pen. Excellent red, yellow, and orange fall color. Many people tell me their filbert never produces seed. All filberts will produce seed, although you have a better chance if you have 3 or more plants. You must pick the seed by September 1 or the varmints will pick them for you!


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color

Orange Red


Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
8 Feet
Max height
12 Feet
Max width
12 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Soil Stabilizer Loved by birds Edible fruit

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