Frank P Matthews
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Filbert trees are closely related to the Hazels and Cobs. The filbert is considered superior to both for size and flavour, although the crop is lighter. They prefer to be planted in full sun or light shade with a sheltered position with no frost pockets. Will tolerate many soil types, but happier in light, sandy, well-drained soils.
When eaten green in September they are succulent and their flavour delicate. They can also be collected for winter storage – if we can beat the squirrels! Any two varieties can pollinate Filberts, including hazels. However, specific pollinators are mentioned where known. If planting near a hedge container the wild nut, Corylus avellana, a pollinator is less essential. Bright yellow catkins appear in the winter.
Filbert trees are named as such because they were known to ripen (in France at least) around St. Philberts day – 22nd August.
Slightly larger than the Cobnut with a long husk and excellent flavour. A very good pollinator for other varieties.
This worthy selection has striking long claret-red catkins and rich purple foliage and very edible purple skinned fruits.