Filbert (Corylus) – Santiam
Location: 4th Hugelkultur row bed
Purchased from Raintree Nursery
Planted: Spring 2011
USDA Zones: 5-9
Description from nursery: Santiam now makes it possible to grow filberts in areas like western Washington and Oregon which have large areas with Eastern Filbert Blight. Santiam is newly released from Oregon State University and the result of two decades of breeding for blight resistance. Santiam makes a semi dwarf, heavily productive annual bearing tree that can be maintained at 10′ tall, about 25% smaller than Barcelona. Highly flavorful nuts mature and fall free of the husk, two weeks before Barcelona with slightly smaller kernels but with many fewer blanks.These two year old trees are grafted on the blight immune VR rootstocks. This means that any suckers coming up from the base should be cut off each winter.
Received plant in April from Raintree Nursery and planted directly in the arboretum.