Frank P Matthews
The varieties of Hazel trees that we grow are selected for their heavy, regular crops. The catkins are also prolific and provide some late winter cheer to the garden! Picking begins in September for fresh eating, or left until fallen to the ground for collection for winter storage.
For pollination, any two varieties, including Filberts, will cross pollinate. However, specific pollinators are suggested for each variety. If planting near a hedge containing the wild nut, a pollinator is less essential.
Hazel trees are best grown on shallow, less than fertile soils. Yellow male flowers (catkins) and the female red stigmas are produced on separate parts of the same tree.
Reliable, upright filbert similar to Webbs Prize Cob. Regular crops of well flavoured nuts.
Large attractive nut, glossy rust brown shell. Resistant to nut gall mite. Excellent quality, shelter in well drained soil.
Buttery, intensely flavoured, easily ‘blanched’ for a more pure eating experience. Best pollinator for Trilobata.
Small round nut traditional type from Italy. Buttery flavour, soft and delicious.
Also called The Lambert Filbert. Produces a very large, richly flavoured nut. Tree is an abundant bearer.
Very heavy and reliable crops of medium-large nuts with good texture and strong nutty flavour.
Late nut, very good texture, strong flavour. Moderately vigorous tree and a very heavy cropper.
Large nuts with sweet flavour. Vigorous upright tree with abundant catkins and heavy, regular crops.
A very large nut of superior flavour and texture. Compact tree habit.
More recent commercial selection producing two or three times the crop of the old Kentish Cob with much larger fruit.
Medium large nuts in clusters of two to five fruits of excellent texture and flavour. Compact habit. Excellent quality.
Large, heavy crops of quality nuts, ivory white kernel with firm texture. Compact tree shape with extra long catkins.