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Ginkgo Biloba vs European Hazelnut

Ginkgo biloba

Corylus avellana

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Ginkgo Biloba
European Hazelnut

The Ginkgo Biloba is regarded as one of the most distinctive and beautiful of all the deciduous trees, and has remained genetically unchanged for millions of years. Its beautifully fan-shaped leaves develop a clear yellow colour in fall. Graceful and attractive year-round, Ginkgo is the perfect conversation starter in your yard.

European Hazelnut is a large shrub that is native to Europe. It is known for its edible nuts that ripen in late summer to early fall. The nuts can be eaten raw or roasted and have a sweet, earthy flavour. Nut production can start as early as 2-3 years but typically takes until at least 4 years for significant yields.

Catkins appear in late winter to early spring and as they release pollen it attracts bees and other pollinators. Since male and female flowers bloom at different times, multiple shrubs will have to be planted for cross pollination. It is recommended to plant European Hazelnut with other hazelnut varieties such as Beaked Hazelnut, Frank, Yamhill, and York. Planting with other varieties will increase nut production.

GINKGO BILOBA QUICK FACTS

EUROPEAN HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 4a
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flavor: sweet, with an earthy taste
Harvest: late summer - early fall
Nuts: Edible and tasty, cook before eating
Nuts: woody shelled with thin brown skin
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: Uncooked nuts in large quantities


Other Names: gingko, maidenhair tree
Other Names: cobnut, common filbert, common hazelnut, european filbert, european hazel