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Tonda Gentile Trilobata hazel trees

Corylus avellana
A traditional Italian hazel nut, usually used in cooking and confectionery.

Tonda Gentile Trilobata hazel trees for sale


All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 7L pot-grown tree £47.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Tonda Gentile Trilobata is a high quality traditional Italian hazel variety, usually grown for culinary uses, especially confectionery.

The term "Trilobata" refers to the shape of the nut, which has three sides.

After harvesting and drying the nuts are roasted, and can then be used whole, partially-ground, or ground down into flour. The protective outer covering of the shelled nut comes off particularly easily when roasted, and this along with its excellent texture and aroma makes it ideal for confectionery.

How to grow

For best results in the UK climate trees should be planted in a sheltered location in full sun, preferably in thin (not overly fertile) soil. Other (different) hazels should be planted nearby for pollination

Advice on pollination of hazel trees.


The centre of production of this variety is the Italian region of Piedmont, where the confectionery industry began in the early 19th century. Tonda Gentile Trilobata hazels grown in this region have a protected geographical status, and carry the name 'Nocciola del Piemonte'. 

Tonda Gentile Trilobata characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates


  • Picking monthSeptember
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose


  • Disease resistanceGood


  • Country of originItaly
  • Fruit sizeSmall