General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 35 to 40 feet, to 80 to 100 feet in native habitat in China
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Blooms on old wood
Other: nice big catkins
Flower Color: Brown
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Corylus

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 29, 2019 1:37 PM concerning plant:
    I was walking by the Chinese Collection on the east side of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in late November of 2019 and I spotted a big tree that I never saw before with lots of catkins hanging down. I thought it was some birch tree with bark like a River or Dahurian Birch. To my surprise, it was a Hazelnut or Filbert tree called the Farge's Filbert. A number of Chinese plants have been named after Farge. This filbert has leaves that look more elm-like than filbert. The leaves are 2 to 4 inches long by 1 to 2 inches wide. They develop a good yellow fall color. The bark is outstanding by being smooth and exfoliating in curls and papery sheets with shades of tan, brown, gray, and copper. It grows about 1.5 to 2 feet/year in moist, well-drained soils.

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