Growing conditions and pollination
Nut trees can grow in a wide range of conditions, depending on the species. Some, like black walnuts, prefer rich and alkaline soil, while hazelnuts need well-drained soil and sunlight. Some grow very large, others remain relatively small. Before deciding to plant a nut tree, you should make sure you have the right conditions and space for it. Although some of these trees can produce nuts alone, all will give considerably greater yields with pollination. Since all our nut trees are grown from seedlings, each one is genetically different and any two of the same nut tree species will pollinate one another.
A note on hardiness and sourcing
It should be noted that while the seedlings that we produce have shown hardiness in our climate, this is not necessarily true for their whole species. When buying any seedling nut tree, it’s important to inform yourself of where it comes from, to avoid disappointment.
For example, we identify our black walnut seedlings as hardy in zone 3, because we grew them from the seeds of a tree growing in zone 3. This does not mean that all black walnut trees are equally cold-resistant – in the same way that finding one apple tree growing in zone 2 does not mean all apple trees will grow in zone 2. Trees inherit cold-resistance, or lack thereof, from their parents – the tree from whose seed they were born. Therefore, if you plant a black walnut that has been grown from seeds originating in a warmer climate, it is very unlikely that it will survive in northern Canada.
To choose the trees that will grow well for you, the first step is to know the hardiness zone in which they will be planted. If you do not already know your zone, you can find it here by writing the name of the municipality in which your trees will be planted.
When you select your zone, each variety that is hardy in your area will be identified, to make your choice easier.
Data was extracted from the Natural Resources Canada Hardiness Zones map.
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Discover our varieties
Nut trees provide a nutritious and sustainable food source that we can grow right in our backyard, something that brings joy for ourselves and is a great gift to support future generations on this planet. Here you will find a large range of nut trees, from walnut to hazel. Don’t forget to check our articles on caring for your young tree. All our nut trees are grown from seed sourced locally. Different nut trees have a range of different qualities and characteristics, so that for practically anyone living in a climate equivalent to zone 2 or warmer, there is a nut tree that will be perfect for your place!
Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)