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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.
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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!
 
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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 hugel swale 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.
 
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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!
 
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