Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse or Hazelnut Long Spanish Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse is a deciduous, slow-growing hazelnut tree suitable for medium to large-sized spaces and wildlife gardens. This hazelnut shrub is more commonly known as Hazelnut Long Spanish. Its bright green foliage appears in early spring in the traditional oval shape with a small pointed tip. Soon after pretty little catkins appear in small dangling bunches along the length of its graceful branches. If pollinated, catkins mature into hazelnuts from September onwards that are larger than our native hazelnuts and sweeter in taste.
During autumn, after the hazelnuts have fallen, its foliage turns buttery yellow before falling with the frosts. Hazelnut Long Spanish has graceful branches that reach upward and bring pretty structure to bare winter gardens.
Height and Spread of Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse Over time this slow-growing hazelnut tree can reach a height of four metres and spread over the same distance. It’s easily kept smaller with pruning and can be trained along a fence line.
How Hardy Is Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse Hazelnut Long Spanish is hardy and able to withstand UK winters including sub-zero temperatures if its roots are well-drained. The catkins are tough enough to withstand some wind but for the best nut production it's best to grow it in a sheltered position.
How To Use Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse Hazelnut Long Spanish needs a pollinating partner to produce hazelnuts as it’s not self-fertile. A good pollinating partner is Corylus Avellana Halle'schen Riesen.
Hazelnut Long Spanish can be grown as a well-pruned specimen shrub in a compact garden or left to grow to its full height as a fruiting tree in larger spaces. It will happily grow as part of a border or mixed hedge line. This is a great choice for wildlife gardens as the catkins attract pollinators and its hazelnuts are loved by bird and squirrels. If you want to harvest the hazelnuts yourself its best to net the shrub against garden raiders.
How To Care For Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse Corylus Avellana Lange Spaanse likes a sunny spot or partial shade in fertile, well-drained soil. It doesn’t need pruning, but for the best harvest of hazelnuts prune after flowering to maintain an open crown with lots of air circulation.
Water yours well until it's established and apply a thick layer of mulch in the spring to boost its health throughout the year.