Hey permies. I'm brand new here. After finding myself stalking these forums for months, I figured it was time. And a specific question inspired me...
Anyone grow hazelnuts in the northeast? I'm in southern, coastal Maine so the winters aren't too harsh -comparatively- and we're listed zone 5b. Technically it should be a filbert-friendly zone, but I seem to only find references to hazelnuts growing in the northwest or central US. I'm envisioning a nice hedge of them along my front yard border, but would love a little confirmation before I order a row.
I planted some here this spring in northwest Vermont that I purchased from Maine through Fedco. They might be another resource for you to find someone in your area growing them. Mine got mowed by my father-in-law so I am just hoping that they'll come back from their roots!
I bought 3 hazelnut plants from Fedco last year and they've done well. Winter got down to -30F for a few nights here and we also had that crazy ice storm. Even with 3/4 of an inch of ice weighing on the branches for a week, the hazelnuts made it through with no die off. They were just single little sticks (less than a foot) when I got them and now they are at least 30 inches tall and wide and have multiple new stems. They flowered and one of them had a nut but... SQUIRRELS. I have them planted in a hugelswale in fullish sun. They are surrounded by lemon balm, chives, clover and many types of flowers. So far I'm happy with them.
I also have a wild hedge where beaked hazelnuts grow quite well. They seem to like a shady space among the oaks and maples. Every year I see more and more nuts but... SQUIRRELS.
Really it's all about squirrels. That's the only trouble with hazelnuts in Maine. At least that's my experience.
I'm up in the st. john valley ( zone 3) . i have the beaked hazels growing wild and 2 hybrid american/ beaked cross growing near my garden. i transferred them here from my old property a couple years ago and they're starting to come back. no nuts yet tho. was going to pick the wild ones but a chipmunk got to them first! time to get out the traps! if the hybrids survived the last winter w/ very little snow cover and 2 months of -35f temps. , they can survive anywhere!
Companion Planting Guide by World Permaculture Association