American Hazelnut

I’m just so fascinated by American Hazelnut (or filbert). They are in bloom now in our region. I found several at Allegany State Park. They are in bloom at Audubon, where I work, too.

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Here’s a large one I found at Allegany State Park

This is a wind-pollinated flower with both female and male parts on the same shrub.

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The male parts, called catkins, produce pollen.

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The female parts are pink!  They will receive pollen, delivered by the wind.

I don’t find a whole lot of them, but once in a while, you do see nuts on the shrubs:
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American Hazelnut

They are in bloom now! Keep your eyes open for them!

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8 thoughts on “American Hazelnut

  1. I have them on my place. I’ve kept a close eye on them in the fall in hopes of harvesting a few, but the critters always seem to get them before I can. Last year I checked them, found them to be unripe, and found them virtually all gone the next day.

  2. I feel I’ve taken a nature walk with you each time I read your posts. Thanks for all the photos and great write-ups.

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