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HALLS GIANT HAZELNUT TREE Aka Merveille de Bollerwiller
The Halls Giant has a large pointy nut with a glossy rust brown shell, good flavour (one of the best) and is resistant to nut Gall mite. Considered hardy and vigorous you can expect this tree to cope with less than perfect conditions. Best grown in a sheltered and well drained site. The Halls Giant catkins have a distinctive red tinge to them giving them an ornamental quality. Expect a height of 2.4 to 4 metres at 10 years and for the nuts to be available from August to early September.
The Halls Giant Hazelnut originates from France so you can expect it to pass negative comment on English food and will possibly try to romance every female tree in the garden. It is also the variety that makes up the majority of French orchards because of its cropping and reliability characteristics.
Halls Giant is pollinated well by the Kentish Cob, Flibert Cosford, Corabel, Lange Tidling Zeller, Tonda Di Giffoni and Gunslebert. You will need one of these trees close by to ensure you get the best crop of nuts. Some websites list the Halls Giant as a self fertile variety and technically speaking this is true however, as Hazelnuts are wind pollinated you are relying on the wind to take pollen from one place and put it on another on the same tree. You may get a reasonable crop from leaving it to its own devices however a pollination partner planted close by will improve your chances greatly of getting a decent nut crop.
If you are going to plant more than one of the Halls Giant then ensure you leave at least 2.5 metres apart from each tree.
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Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
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General Hazelnut information
No Hazelnut tree is guaranteed self-fertile (will produce fruit without the need of pollen from another Hazelnut tree) but native hedging (almost all countryside hedges) containing Corylus Avellana (opens new window) will pollinate your chosen Hazelnut. So if hedging around your area contains the shape of leaf shown in the link then your tree will be pollinated by the wind. If you have any doubt and particularly want a heavy crop, purchase a second Hazelnut tree of a different species or a Trazel tree and plant in the same garden. Plant 5 metres apart.
The male catkins are a little like Santa Claus in that they make an appearance late winter. A pleasant addition to a usually bare garden. Hazels are sun worshippers, the more sun they have the more nuts you get. If planted in shade your nut harvest will be reduced.
Webbs and Gunslebert are known for self pollinating well without a very close pollination partner.
Hazels are the only British native nut (that and Spike Milligan!) and they contain the healthy mono-saturated fats. Expect to harvest around September time when the husks are beginning to turn yellow. If you leave them longer, the local squirrels will likely take them all (unless you happen to have anti-squirrel measures in place e.g. RPG, anti aircraft guns etc). They can be stored in wet sand and will be edible until they germinate or leave on a tray in a sunny dry spot for two weeks until the husks are brown and papery. Although some Hazelnuts can produce nuts without a pollination partner, it is best to place one nearby to improve crop yields to prevent getting "blanks" which are cases without nuts in. The male yellow catkins and female red stigmas are produced on different parts of the tree and requires the right weather at the right time to ensure pollination. A suitable pollination partner placed within 50m negates that risk.
Hazelnuts, oddly enough prefer less than fertile shallow soil (no pleasing some trees!). With the limited resources it has, the tree puts its efforts into nut production instead of vigorous growth. If grown on clay soil, do not fertilize them. Mature trees should not suffer problems with drought but while the tree is getting established (certainly the first year) and the weather is particularly hot and sustained then a bucket of water will be welcome once two or three times a week. Predators include Gall mites, aphids, winter moths and Weevils however they never reach a stage to present a serious problem and so require no spraying. For the purists out there you could provide an environment suitable for any or all of their predators to keep numbers down.
Expect to see nuts on your tree when your neighbours super-glued some to the branches to see the look on your face or around the 3 or 4 year point. The trees you buy from Trees Online will be at least 2-3 years old depending when you purchased them so nuts should be with you within a year or two.
The best time to prune a Hazel is in the summer (around August) using a process called "Brutting". This is where you snap the shoots the developed this year but do not break off. The snap point is around the sixth or seventh leaf up from where the shoot joins the older wood. The theory is that the Hazel tree will not be able to make a new shoot and therefore create more flowers and therefore more nuts on that branch.
Uses for newly harvested one year old wood include, basket weaving, Bean supports, thatching pegs and hurdles although other uses include baskets, hampers, walking sticks, fishing rods and shepherds crooks.
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