Corylus avellana

Polly O is being released as a companion for Wepster and McDonald. The nut shape is nearly round and lends itself well to sizing and cracking. The shells are thin and easy to crack, and most kernels remain whole when the shell is broken. Kernel size is similar to McDonald but larger than Wepster and Yamhill. PollyO is cross-compatible with Wepster and McDonald serving as pollinizers for each other. Kernel texture, flavor and aroma should help this new variety become very popular. Great for use in baked goods and chocolate products. Zones 5-7 space 10' circle

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Good
Heat Tolerance Very Good
Humidity Tolerance Very Good
Sun Tolerance Excellent
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor
Shade Tolerance Fair
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Poor
Fresh for Kids Excellent
Deer Resistance 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
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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