"The Beast" Is the trademarked name for the Hybrid Hazelnut Research Consortium's first Cultivar release with patent number US PP33561 P2. Apparently, its productivity and growth habit required it to be called " The Beast".
Originally known as OSU 541.147 and developed at Oregon State University by Dr. Shawn Mehlenbacher, David Smith and Rebecca McCluskey. The same developers of most trees planted in the Northwest.
Grower's report and average nut size of .9 grams to 1.1 grams. The kernel to shell ratio is a respectable 44%. It is 75% European and 25% American hazel. Its growth habit is vigorous and upright with a slightly spreading crown. It will grow up to 20' x 15' wide so plan accordingly. The tree is a prodigious producer with 17 lbs of nuts at year six in trials. Grows well in USDA zone 5 and is being tested for zone 4.
It has S-alleles 8 and 23 with S8 expressed in the pollen. Which makes it pollen compatible with Grand Traverse, Geneva and NITKA. We do not yet know compatibility for Truxton. In orchards please also grow seedlings every fifth row for pollination insurance. The Beast blooms in the early to mid-season in New Jersey. The nuts drop mid to late September.
As Raritan and The Beast are larger European genetics you will want them on a final spacing of 16ft. in row and 18 to 20ft between rows.
For orchard design please see the latest version of the "The Hazelnut and Chestnut Handbook" by Jeff and Dawn Zarnowski. Please read our blog page to learn more about seedlings and our cultivars that we sell.
For tax exempt orders please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the desired quantity and your ship too address. We will notify you when it is time to finalize your order. We are taking pre-orders for quantities of 25 or more with delivery this fall or the following spring depending on your needs. Pricing already includes Royalty cost.
Trees are typically 6" to 20" tall. Please follow planting instructions.
We typically ship late-April to late-May weather dependent, dormant and bare root. We cannot ship to the west coast states, or where quarantines exist.
We will be shipping to Canada this year.
Reminder a "cultivar" is a clone of the parent tree and performs just like the parent as it is the one and same genetics. Whereas, "seedlings" are just like children, it inherits traits from both parents and what traits are expressed we learn as it matures.
Plants with a patent or a PPAF (Plant Patent Applied For) meaning asexual preproduction is prohibited.