Hazel / Cobnut pollination

Hazel catkins

All hazel and cobnut varieties are effectively self-sterile so you should always plant at least two different varieties. The following table shows which varieties will pollinate.

Start in the first column and find the variety you wish to plant. Then note the varieties in the subsequent columns which will pollinate it. Pollination is not necessarily 2-way, so repeat the process for each variety you intend to plant.

Hazels and cobnuts are wind-pollinated and the pollinator should ideally be no more than 50m away, although pollination can be effective over much longer distances particularly if the pollinator is upwind in the direction of the prevailing wind.

Most hazels and cobnuts we supply will also be pollinated by wild hazels which you may already have in your area. Wild hazels produce large quantities of highly-compatible pollen over long periods and distances.

Table of hazelnut / cobnut pollination



Variety providing the pollen
Variety to pollinate Butler Corabel Cosford Ennis Gunslebert Gustav's Zeller Hall's Giant Kent Cob Lange Tidling Zeller Tonda di Giffoni Wild hazel
Butler No
Yes
Yes




Yes
Corabel
No

Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes
Cosford

No
Yes




Yes
Ennis

Yes No





Yes
Gunslebert
Yes Yes
No Yes

Yes Yes Yes
Gustav's Zeller
Yes

Yes No


Yes
Hall's Giant
Yes Yes
Yes No No
Yes Yes Yes
Kent Cob

Yes



No

Yes
Lange Tidling Zeller
Yes

Yes No

No Yes Yes
Tonda di Giffoni
Yes

Yes Yes

Yes No Yes

More details about how to grow hazel and cobnut trees.

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