Purple hazel is a truly ornamental shrub fruit tree.

Growing is easy: care, pruning and harvesting must follow good practices if you want to have nice hazelnuts.

Name: Corylus maxima purpurea
Family: Betulaceae
Type: fruit shrub

Height
: 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters)
Exposure: full sun
Soil: ordinary, rather light

Foliage
: deciduous
Flowering: February to April
Harvest: Fall

Planting purple hazel:

Preferably in fall to promote root development before winter.
But you can also plant it in any other season of the year, as long as you avoid high temperatures in summer and frost spells in winter.

It is critical that you plant 2 different varieties together to ensure fertilization and fruit-bearing.

  • This is an important step, so diligently follow our advice on planting shrubs.

Pruning and caring for purple hazel:

No pruning is needed, except for the first years to speed growth up.
Eliminate dead wood and branches over a decade old.

If you wish to reduce the branches or even out the hazel tree’s bearing, wait for the blooming to end.

Harvesting the hazelnuts:

The hazelnuts are ready to be harvested when the fruit detaches from the branch and falls to the ground.

Learn more about purple hazel:

The leaves are remarkable with their deep purple color.
Set this tree up as a standalone, in a shrub bed, or add it to your hedge.

Hazelnuts are harvested in fall but even if the ornamental value of this tree is what stands out, its fruits still are edible.

Smart tip about purple hazel, purple filbert:

Remove suckers that grow from the base often.

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