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Hazelnuts as an understory?

 
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I'm interested in planting so hazelnuts in our redwood forest. Would they do well as understory bushes?
 
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Hazelnuts are an understory tree. For sure they work under Oaks. Not sure about Redwoods.
 
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Redwoods, hmm.
Most redwood stands that I have seen pretty well obstruct most sunlight from filtering through.
My suggestion would be to try planting seedlings, rather than seeds.
(Might have a little better luck that way.)

From my experiences, a started plant has more of a will to live than a seed does.



 
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In the natural redwood forests shade loving blueberry relatives and ferns grow. these might be a good start.
 
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