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One-year old Badgersett Hazelnut Bare Root Dormant Plants (FALL 2022 SHIPPING!)
One-year old Badgersett Hazelnut Bare Root Dormant Plants (FALL 2022 SHIPPING!)
One-year old Badgersett Hazelnut Bare Root Dormant Plants (FALL 2022 SHIPPING!)

One-year old Badgersett Hazelnut Bare Root Dormant Plants (FALL 2022 SHIPPING!)

Regular price $140.00 Sale

IMPORTANT NOTE ON SHIPPING: These plants will begin shipping around October 26th and continue until about November 15th. Wherever you are, just make sure your ground is not frozen solid yet.

We are doing the shipping manually at the post office, and not through our online store system. So please e-mail your shipping address to upon your purchase.

Plants will ship 3-day Priority Mail from the Post Office.

IMPORTANT TIPS: Plant the plants in their permanent home this fall when you get them. Or heel the plants into the ground for the winter, for transplanting to their permanent home in the spring.

Alternatively, you could heel them into the ground, and then next spring pot them up or grow them in raised beds one additional year, but this isn't necessary.

Cost per plant: $10

Flat shipping and handling per order: $40

Scientific species name: Corylus complex hybrids (C. americana x C. avellana x C. cornuta)

Origin: Southeast Minnesota

Improvement Status: Cultivated, semi-domesticated

Life Cycle: Perennial

Growth Habit: The seed parents of these plants include short, medium, and tall genetics, ranging from 7-11 feet typically.

These plants were grown the entirety of the 2022 growing season by our friend Alex Tanke, near Madison, Wisconsin. They were grown in a raised bed system. They are solid, healthy plants. We are shipping them bare root dormant this fall, 2022. Alex has some experience shipping plants, and we are confident that he will get the plants to you in quality condition. A limited number of plants are available.

Badgersett's hazelnut hybrid swarm is a mix of wild American hazelnuts (C. americana) from Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin; heritage European hazelnut (C. avellana) cultivars from the Mediterranean and Central Europe; and a wild beaked hazelnut (C. cornuta) from Peace River, Alberta; plus whatever wild pollen has managed to float into the various breeding plots over the last century. Initial F1 crosses between the various species were made by amateur breeders in the 1910s-1950s. Our seed parents are at least 3 generations of selection and recombination (most are 4 or 5) past the initial F1 species cross.

Hazelnuts are a delicious, nutritious, calorically dense nut crop borne on rugged, adaptable, medium-size shrubs. Native to much of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, hazelnuts have been a prized and highly sought-after food source - both for people and wildlife - wherever they're found, since time immemorial. 

Our open-pollinated, hybrid hazelnut seeds come from bushes selected by Philip Rutter of Badgersett Research Farm, from a large expansion planting in NW Illinois of seedlings of some of Badgersett's most promising breeding lines, originally planted in 2003. Badgersett's decades of breeding work has been to hybridize two species of hazelnut native to North America - the American and the beaked hazelnut - with the European hazelnut, in order to create a resilient crop that combines the useful qualities of each species and is adaptable to both small and large-scale agricultural production. We're helping to continue that work by making this seed available to the general public.

Seed is selected based on visual assessment of total kernel productivity, kernel size, and the overall characteristics of the maternal breeding line, including bush vigor, vegetative health, and pest and disease resistance. Our most important criteria is high total kernel productivity with adequate kernel size. Our seed parents have nuts large enough for currently existing mechanical cracking and processing machinery, but most are smaller than commercial European hazelnuts. Most seed parent bushes have kernels that average 0.5-0.65 grams when dried hard. A few will be larger. 

See here for a detailed explanation of the selection criteria for these seeds. 

Short bushes have a mature height of 8-10'. Their size, shape, and stem thickness tend to resemble the American hazelnut more than European. Based on the performance of the parent breeding lines, mature bush height appears to be relatively heritable, but there will be variation - some "short" seeds will make "tall" plants, and some "tall" seeds will make "short" plants. Medium to tall bushes are 10-12' feet tall and resemble more European genetics.

GROWING TIPS: We recommend between 4 and 6 feet spacing between plants, with 15 feet between rows.