Hazel- Corylus americana
Hazel is one plant with many uses. Hazel's ability to fill in gaps with suckers while producing high calorie, nutrient rich food make for one stellar 'Fedge'. Although this shrub naturally occurs in part shade along the edges of woodland, allowing access to full sun and a little tending make for a high production food source. The parents of these 2nd year plants come from standard american hazel seedlings and aren't the hybridized varieties. The nuts that form are not huge, but nonetheless delicious! Occasional light pruning would do this plant good as hazel can tangle up on itself. Trimmings can be used to make woven fences, baskets, or used as fuel or animal fodder. Hazel is a high-biomass plant and makes an excellent coppice species. Naturally thicket forming, fairly fast growing. Prefers well-drained soil. We found hazel does not tolerate wet feet. Hazel attracts wildlife and is a valuable nectar source. Self-pollinating. 6-12' high and 6-12' width if left untended.