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Beaked Hazelnut vs Burton Hican

Corylus cornuta

Carya ovata x illinoinensis Burton


Beaked Hazelnut
Burton Hican

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.

Note: You want more than one hazelnut to improve yields.

Burton Hican is a rare cross between Shagbark Hickory and Pecan. Most Hickory x Pecan hybrids are not reliable producers but the Burton Hican produces large crops annually (in warmer climates). The medium sized nuts fall in between the Pecan and Hickory and are known for having a great flavor. They are well suited to fresh eating, cooking, and baking with a good storage life.

Hicans will carry features from both species. The Hickory influence causes earlier ripening times while the taste and productivity come from the Pecan. The Pecan genetics also cause the nuts to have a thinner shell that is easier to crack and the pecan-like shape makes kernel removal easier.

The Burton Hican is generally considered self pollinating but having a second variety for cross pollination will increase nut production. They have been known to cross pollinate with other Hicans, Shagbark Hickory, and some Pecans. Nut production is expected after 7-10 years.

Note: Plant this tree once. Due to its large tap root transplanting is not recommended.



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Zone: 2a
Zone: 5b
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Hybrid: yes
Flavor: Hickory flavoured, rich
Harvest: Oct-Nov
Nuts: small, wildlife attracting
Nuts: medium sized nut
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: none

Other Names: beaked hazel
Other Names: hican burton