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Valerie Bass
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I have just resigned from my job of 16 years as my husband is a sick OEF veteran(Afghanistan). We have moved to the mountains of NC as it helps his breathing.
For the first time in my life, I have time to start growing a vegetable garden and I also want to plant many hazelnut trees/shrubs/trubs. TN forestry sells them in season but please, how big is a seedling?
We would like something that could start producing within a couple to a few years. I would like quite a few trees. This is all new to me as I moved to the mountains on June the 9th. Anyone's help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.
 
Walter Jeffries
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We have hazelnuts but they're trees. It would take decades to get to their size. I would suggest planting some as well as apples and what ever other fruits do well in your climate. But also plant annuals and perennials like asparagus. The annuals are your near time crop, the thinks like raspberries and asparagus soon, tree crops long term.
 
Valerie Bass
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Walter Jeffries wrote:We have hazelnuts but they're trees. It would take decades to get to their size. I would suggest planting some as well as apples and what ever other fruits do well in your climate. But also plant annuals and perennials like asparagus.
The annuals are your near time crop, the thinks like raspberries and asparagus soon, tree crops long term.

I have planted during spring break 8 blueberries, 5 raspberries, 14 fruit trees ( 4 apples, 2 peaches, 2 pears, 2 or 4 plums, 2 cherries). We also have many wild blackberries. I have been walking around and I believe I have 3 hickory trees and 2 young black walnut trees.
I have also started a late raised garden which is growing.
Last but not least, we have 6 chickens, 2 pygmy goats for fertilizer and 5 rabbits, not counting 1 cat and 3 dogs.
We have tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, beans, snow peas, zucchini, squash growing and some herbs. I have never thought about the asparagus. I remember once, 20 years ago, I had bought some and cooked it for ever and never could quite eat it!
How long does the hazelnut tree take to grow to a fruit producing size?
I think I might have a couple growing wild...but the leaves have a weird thing in the middle like a wart...

first 2 hazelnut I believe
3rd black walnut?
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Young black walnut?
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Valerie Bass
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Also, is the picture of a hickory?
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duane hennon
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pictures 1 and two appear to be hazelnuts
they usually take 4-5 years to have nuts
they cam be grown as a single stem tree or as a multistem bush
they can be coppiced (cut down the stems and new ones will sprout) and used as poles, walking sticks. etc

the third picture is a black walnut
the fourth is a hickory, maybe a pignut hickory
a tree identification book, like "Peterson Field Guide -Eastern Trees" is well work the investment
 
Valerie Bass
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Thank you so much. Between rain showers I went outside and located 2 more hazelnut trees loaded with little nuts. I will look up for Peterson's field guide at Amazon. I have just received Foster and Duke's Eastern/Central Medicinal plants and herbs, which is quite fascinating I thought I needed to know what safe things to get for my rabbits
 
Yone' Ward
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Has anyone had good results from planting nut trees from seed? It seems a cheap way to grow lots of trees if you have the time.
 
Casey Homecroft
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I left a pile of black walnuts in my yard over the winter (didn't get around to cleaning off and curing that last batch...), and now I have little walnut seedlings popping up just about everywhere I look. Super cheap and easy way to plant trees, if you ask me. I'm thinking I might leave several piles of different nuts out this winter and let the squirrels plant 'em for me!
 
osker brown
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Those first two pictures look to me like witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana(the name comes from it's similar appearance to hazelnut). If it has a "wart" in the leaves that's witch hazel, the bump supposedly looks like a witches hat. Hazelnuts have doubly serrated leaf edges, like a sawblade.

 
Brenda Groth
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i didn't see this thread when I posted a hazelnut thread on the permies thread, I planted 6 hazelnuts about 3 or 4 years ago, just sticks, they grew like wildfire and this year they have lots of nuts on them, I'm thrilled.

ONly 4 of the 6 have nuts on them, I got 4 from one nursery and 2 from another also neighbor put in two from arbor day..so we have some cross pollination.

Mine are in what someone on the other (permie) thread called the ravioli stage..here in Michigan, the first nuts that they have produced so I'm excited, but yeah, they produced really fast..I'm thinking of taking cuttings from these trees and moving them out into other areas of the property as well...after I see how good the nuts are that they produced this year
 
Richard Kastanie
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www.badgersett.com has bush hazelnuts with improved nut production.
 
Brenda Groth
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I picked my first 36 hazelnuts off of my few baby trees today and they are small but very tasty and easy to crack..there are about half the crop still on the bushes not quite ripe yet so these were early ones..the bushes are barely 3 years out..expecting larger ones on the rest that aren't ripe yet, and hopefully more next year than this year (we had horrible droughts and frosts)..but I was pleased to have something in only 3 years.
 
darius Van d'Rhys
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LOL, last year I picked my first hazel "crop"... a whopping 15 nuts! The shrub was 3 years old. This year it looks like the crop may double. It's in poor soil, not in a good spot, and it probably has too large a root system now to move. I'll be planting more, for sure.

 
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I just finished picking up my fifth bag of hazelnuts from two trees. I like using the net bag you get oranges in. these allow plenty of air for the nuts to dry.
the trees are about 20 years old.
mr squirrel throws them on the ground and I pick them up.
I leave plenty for him and his friends the chipmonks , bluejays and others
I have a third tree closer to the woods which I pretty much leave to them.
 
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