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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, and 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. During the multiple decades there have been many lessons learned on how to best grow nut trees and hybridize the best selections, so you can have your own tasty nut trees, without the wait!

We didn’t start from scratch as our research lead us to selections from other growers throughout the US and Canada.  This allowed us to build upon the hybridization efforts of previous growers that can be traced back as far as 1921’. The one hundred years of efforts has resulted in nut trees that will enable cultivation from your back yard to all the fallow fields throughout much of North America.

Growing nut trees is easy once you know how!  Take full advantage of our research and experience that spans three decades.   We have boiled our knowledge down to an easy-to-read handbook for hazelnuts and chestnuts.

If you want to learn more just go to our hazelnuts and chestnuts information pages.

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

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Chestnut Trees

Growing named varieties of chestnuts on their own roots and regionally adapted seedlings

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.