Photo of catkins produced the first year in the field
Rethinking Hazelnut Production in Oregon and Beyond
We’ll admit it, we are nuts about hazelnuts. And, we have a very different approach to growing hazelnut trees. As growers ourselves, we saw how slowly young orchards were coming into production and we challenged ourselves to find a solution to this issue while developing better ways of growing hazelnut trees. What we have learned has guided our growing decisions and strategies. We have made some significant breakthroughs in hazelnut tree production and are very excited to share these findings with our growers and the rest of the industry.
Nuts produced the second year in the field
Main Cultivar Selections
We pride ourselves on our diversity in hazelnuts. Many nurseries limit their inventory to only main cultivars but we strive to fill all our customers’ needs. We are growing over 15 different varieties right now, including at least 10 different pollinizers, and are always open to growing more varieties to order. We specialize in growing varieties with Eastern Filbert Blight resistance, especially the new releases out of Oregon State University. As with all our plants, we focus on root development in order to grow bigger trees that will lead to bigger returns for our growers. Cutting down the time to market is especially important to capitalize on the popularity of new varieties. Our close relationship with XPlant Laboratory, allows us to start developing our inventory before new cultivars are even released and the flexibility to meet the needs of even our smaller scale customers. We welcome working with researchers as well as experimentally-minded growers to learn about how hazelnuts can grow in new geographic locations, new orchard arrangements and with new management techniques. To learn more about the main cultivars we grow, availability and recommended pollinizers, click the links below.
As part of our mission to be a full service nursery, we carry a wide selection of pollinizers to go with our many different main cultivar trees. We carry all the recommended Oregon State University pollinizer selections for the cultivars above, plus other harder to find to varieties. At each Nut Growers’ Society meeting and every Oregon State University test plot tour, OSU’s researchers spend time discussing their recommendations for pollinizers. While suggestions vary over time as new data is collected at the university and field information is contributed by growers, the overall message has been consistent- pollen is crucial and different sources of pollen greatly improve orchard efficiency. With this message in mind, we promote higher pollinizer densities and more pollinizer diversification to our growers. The specific pollinizer varieties we grow are listed below (our main cultivars are listed above). Keep in mind, all hazelnut trees produce both female flowers and pollen so main cultivars are also used as pollinizers, depending on the goals of the grower. If you want to know more about pollinizer recommendations check out the compatibility charts on our pollinizer page. Click here to visit our pollinizer selection page to learn more about the pollinizers we are growing.