Hazelnut Seeds - European

(Corylus avellana) Zones 4 - 8. Deciduous Nut Tree. 

The European Hazelnut - or filbert - is larger than our native Beaked Hazelnut and the nut that we know are the commercial Hazelnut.

It is also a very special tree in European folklore, especially in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. Hazelnuts are associated with sacred wisdom and always have Little People protecting their fruit and its gifts. If you've been planning on inviting Faeries into your space, you might just get some by growing this tree.

European Hazelnut trees are actually a suckering shrubs that do best as hazelnut thickets, so allow some space for them to spread. If you don't have much space, you can prune them to be more "tree-like".

* European & Turkish Hazelnuts are susceptible to Eastern Filbert Blight, a naturally occurring fungus in our soils. The blight causes cankers to form on the trunk and branches. Eventually, infected trees die, because of girdling. They can grow here, but if they become infected with Eastern Filbert Blight, trees typically die after ten years. Luckily European & Turkish Hazels begin bearing fruit at 2 - 5 years. Our native American Hazelnut & Beaked Hazelnut trees are only rarely affected by Eastern Filbert Blight. 


Cold Hardiness: Zones 4 - 8

Edible: Yes

SizeLarge Shrub

Growth RateMedium 

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: No

Germination: 60 - 80%

Sun requirements: Tolerates shade. Fruits best in Full Sun.

Soil Requirements: Versatile, but prefers rich, moist loam.



- Soak Seeds 24 hrs. Follow with 120 days cold, moist stratification. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Start Your Tree Seeds".

*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 120 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner.*

- Plant stratified seeds in pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!

- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant! 

* Hazels are thicket-forming shrubs. Plant where they can spread. *

 *Excited about growing Nut Trees from seed? Learn more HERE.*


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia. 

  • $9.99

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