Turkish Filbert – Corylus colurna

Sometimes called Turkish hazel, this deciduous tree is native to areas of Europe and Asia but does well in our area. It adapts to temperature extremes and storms. It has a pyramidal shape when young, very similar to a littleleaf linden, but is oval to almost round at maturity at 40 – 50 feet tall. It naturally has a short trunk with branches reaching nearly to the ground.

Leaves are broadly heart-shaped, alternate and softly hairy, with irregular teeth. The fall fruit is a small edible nut in a thick spiky husk. The bark is grayish and corky, becoming flaky with age which usually exposes attractive inner bark of orange and brown.

Turkish filbert

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