Corylus avellana x Americana OSU

The Beast is 75% European hazelnut and 25% American hazelnut and highly resistant to eastern filbert blight. The Beast is vigorous and productive.A cross of NY 616 (C. americana Rush x C. avellana Barcelona) x C. avellana OSU 226.118, it is a high yielding hybrid hazelnut tree with small nuts and adequate blanching after roasting, making it suited for the kernel market (Figure 13). Most kernels are 9–11 mm in diameter with an average weight of 0.9 grams and 44 percent kernel by weight In New Jersey (kernels reported to be 1.1 grams in Oregon). OSU 541.147 is a vigorous, upright tree with a slightly spreading growth habit. It carries an EFB resistance gene from C. americana Rush and has been shown to get no EFB in NJ or Oregon. OSU 541.147 is suggested for use primarily as a pollinizer in New Jersey, but growers may find that its consistent high yields of nuts outweigh its small kernel size. It has S-alleles 8 and 23 with S8 expressed in the pollen, and blooms in the early to mid-season in New Jersey making it a valuable pollinizer for the other Rutgers cultivars. It is compatible in both directions with Monmouth (S1S12), ‘Raritan’ (S3S22), Somerset (S3S10), Hunterdon (S1S3), Slate (NY616) (S1S23), Gene (NY398) (S15S23), and Grand Traverse (S11S25). Nuts typically drop from the second to third week in September. It is susceptible to bud mite in Oregon, but this has not been observed in New Jersey.

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Good
Heat Tolerance Excellent
Humidity Tolerance Excellent
Sun Tolerance Excellent
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor
Shade Tolerance Fair
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Fair
Fresh for Kids Very Good
Thorns No
Plant Type Shrub
Soil Type Adaptable
Edible Type Nut
Self Fertile No
This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome

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Filbert Care Guide

Filbert Contorted In Snow
Filbert in the winter

Filberts also called hazelnuts or hazels, filberts are deciduous shrubs 6' to 30' which produce small nuts in the fall. They grow best in zones 8 and 9 in the Northwest, but to well in 6 and 7 pretty much throughout the country. Self-unfruitful; plant at least two varieties.

Plant filberts in a spot protected from bitter winter winds. The plants do not have tap roots, but put down very deep roots. They should have a deep, well drained, fertile, humus soil. In colder climates, where plants don't grow as large they need a space only 10 to 12' across.

Because filberts are small trees, it is more practical to mulch then than larger nut trees. Use hay, leaves, or other organic material. The nutrients the mulch contributes to the soil is important to maintain of vigorous growth and good nut production. Further to promote growth, you should fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer such as 20-10-10. Apply 1/2 cup after the young plants are making growth; 1 cup the next year; and from then on increase the dosage by 1 cup a year until you reach 6. This is about the maximum for cold climates; but in milder areas, you can increase the supply 30 to 50%.

Filberts start to bear two or three years after they are planted. They reach good production three or four years later, but are likely to become erratic after ten years unless they are pruned severely.

Nuts are harvested from the ground after they drop. If the husks remain, these must be removed. The nuts should then be spread out in a warm dry, shady place to dry.

suggested Pollinizers
Also compatible
Feilx, Eta, Theta, Yamhill
Flowers to late for other pollination
York, Felix
Yamhill, Gama McDonald
McDonald, York, Jefferson
Yamhill, Felix
York, Dorris, Wepster, Jefferson
Gamma, Epsilon
McDonald, York, Felix
Yamhill, Lewis, Gamma
Wepster, York, Jefferson
Yamhill, Sacajawea
Gamma, Felix, York
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