WHAT: Turkish filbert (Corylus colurna) is described in The Garden Club of America’s book with “stately pyramidal form, handsome summer foliage, and interesting winter characteristics (particularly) the male catkins in early spring.”
When grown in groups it produces nuts from mid-August into October, but these are not as tasty as those of its edible filbert relatives.
WHY: It is hardy, with seasonal interest, and drought tolerant once it is established.
WHERE: This tough tree grows best in full sun and rich, well-drained soil, but will tolerate light shade and heavy clay soil provided there is good drainage. Water regularly in the summer for the first two growing seasons,
SIZE: Turkish filbert at maturity can reach 60 feet high by 30 feet wide.
SOURCE: Great Plant Picks, www.greatplant picks.org