Your Native Hybrid Hazelnut, Chestnut and Heartnut Tree Nursery

Learn all about chestnuts and hazelnuts and other northern nuts. Hardy nut trees for home or orchard needs

Welcome to Z's Nutty Ridge Nursery

Why we exist and we're happy you are here!

Almost 30 years ago we realized a large percentage of land was abandoned by farmers throughout the Northeast. The fields were getting filled with invasive bushes, sumacs, maples, and ashes. Taking natures lead, the search was on to find what trees could be planted to make the fields productive again.

After much research, we planted many thousands of nut trees of all types to learn what would grow in our colder USDA zones, on our hillside soils, with ample rainfall.  It turns out the best nut trees were native to our region, just hybridized for disease resistance and large tasty bumper crops of nuts. Take advantage of our experience, buy our regionally proven trees and with cultivars you can have nuts in as little as two years. In fact, we have hazelnut cultivars you can only buy from us.

If you want to learn more just go to our hazelnuts and chestnuts information pages. Nut trees once established can out live you while providing healthy food security and sustainability.

"You know planting trees are good for the environment; but, nut trees are good for you too"

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Blog posts

Z's Nutty Ridge Summer 2022 Newsletter

Z's Nutty Ridge Summer 2022 Newsletter

What is in this newsletter? We have added an English walnut to our lineup of nut trees. You can plant potted trees all summer long! Have you done ...

Z's Nutty Ridge Newsletter

New Cultivars Available Pollination requirements? Planting Reminders NYTCA Cooperative - Big News!

Chestnut Trees

Growing regionally adapted seedlings with good productive mother trees.

Native Hybrid Hazelnuts

Plant a tree that is good for the environment and you!

Hardy trees from Z's Nutty Ridge

Only the toughest trees survive our wind swept hill top.

Native Hybrid Nut Trees "Nuts - Now Our Future"*

Z's Nutty Ridge bringing you better nuts through controlled breeding for over 29 years *by Dawn Z.

Customer Testimonial.

"Thank you , Dawn & Jeff!! Trees arrived in great shape, with an extra! and packed like you all care very much about your outgoing seedlings. Thanks for autographing the book; we are looking forward to starting and are pleased to do business with you folks." Bruce & Lisa M.

Customer testimonial

"I received my order today of 7 hazelnut trees and they arrived in perfect condition. The way you boxed them was the best I have seen from any nursery. John Gordon was a friend of mine and we went nut hunting two or three times every fall. He would always bring me hazelnut trees because that’s the one thing I didn’t have. I have moved and that orchard is gone now so I am happy to get these trees going with my American chestnuts." Paul A.

Customer Testimonial

Upon hearing a tree did not survive the winter... Wow, what great service — the new tree arrived already this morning! Thank you again for the replacement and for your conscientious service. I will recommend you to anyone who’s looking for nut trees. Carol M.