© Roy Forster
This excellent ornamental tree truly falls into the category of "plants that merit attention," and it is described in The Garden Club of America's book of the same title as follows. Turkish filbert is "valued for its stately pyramidal form, handsome summer foliage, and interesting winter characteristics [particularly] the male catkins in early spring...An excellent tree for city conditions and dry situations...This tree is too little known and grown." Likewise, in his superb book North American Landscape trees, Arthur Lee Jacobsen describes it as a "handsome, sturdy, trouble-free shade tree of moderate size." 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. This unusual tree is well worth seeking out, for it has stood the test of time.
Plant Type: tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 60 ft. 0 in. (18.29 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: yellow
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established
Seasonal Interest: male catkins in winter
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: dark green, silver
Great Color Partners: gold
- Culture Notes
- 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, then it is drought tolerant once established.
- Geek Notes
- Native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia.