Photon Hazel Layer(cultivar) US-PP34790-P2- Fall Dormant -
Photon Plant Patent US-PP34790-P2is our first patented hazelnut.
We have been awarded the first patent for a cold hardy hazelnut for the native regions of hazelnuts in the United States. A cold hardy hybrid of American and European with tasty nuts. It is a smaller semi-dwarf tree that doesn’t like to sucker.
The husks are equal to or shorter than the nut. No signs of Eastern Filbert blight to date. Produces nuts no matter what nature throws at it, as it produced nuts in years when most all hazelnut trees in the orchard didn’t or had hardly any nuts.
The nut is round and is sought after by the rodents in the orchard before it is ripe. We understand as we also believe it to be one of the better eating nuts we have grown and we have grown over 10,000 trees to maturity. When freshly cracked open the pellicle is transparent and nearly absent, so we thought Photon was the proper name for the tree. Sadly, we also have killed many thousands of trees and replanted to find the best trees to propagate for your back yard or commercial orchards to fill our fallow hillsides. We have more potential cultivar releases we are watching but Photon is the first.
Photon key characteristics:
USDA Zone # 4 hardy, try in 3b?
Kernel Percent 44-48%
Short husk Thin/Avg. shells and round kernels
Very Hardy catkins
Heavy Pollen Producer
Very Hardy flowers
20 years no EFB
Ripe 2nd/3rd week of Sept. in Cortland NY
We hope to be shipping this coming fall and at the latest Spring of 2024. We cannot ship to the west coast states, or where quarantines exist.