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Labrador Tea vs European Hazelnut

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

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Labrador Tea
European Hazelnut

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

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.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

EUROPEAN HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: rust orange
Flavor: sweet, with an earthy taste
Harvest: late summer - early fall
Flowers: white, fragrant
Nuts: woody shelled with thin brown skin
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested


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