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Red Elderberry vs European Hazelnut

Sambucus racemosa

Corylus avellana

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Red Elderberry
European Hazelnut

Red Elderberry 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.

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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.

RED ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

EUROPEAN HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Berries: bright red berries
Flavor: sweet, with an earthy taste
Harvest: late summer - early fall
Flowers: white
Nuts: woody shelled with thin brown skin
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to humans


Other Names: red elder
Other Names: cobnut, common filbert, common hazelnut, european filbert, european hazel