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Beaked Hazelnut vs Red Elder

Corylus cornuta

Sambucus racemosa

Beaked Hazelnut
Red Elder

Beaked Hazelnut is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to North America.

It features smooth, grey bark and edible nuts. Beaked Hazelnut prefers a rich sandy-clay loam but will grow on poorer sites, and can be used as an understory shrub.

Red Elder is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

BEAKED HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

RED ELDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Nuts: edible nuts that are attractive to wildlife
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: Not toxic, but tiny filaments from the husk can irritate skin that it contacts

Toxicity: toxic to humans



Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no