Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

I am thinking about planting a cob nut tree. - I have the space.

I would like to hear of experiences with them - recommended varieties, length of time before I have a harvest, pruning, downfalls etc, pollination

Thanks for help



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,106

    Question 1. Are there grey squirells in the vicinity. If so, dont bother. I have quite a few hazels in the hedge. They set nuts every year. Every year the squirrels eat them before they are ripe enough  for us to eat.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    The contorted variety is more interesting and sets nuts too but if you want to get bean poles as well then this would obviously not be the best choice.
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Was aiming for a nut harvest - mmmmm squirrels, a couple around but not overrun with them

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I only see squirrels for a few weeks a year. Hazel nuts, walnuts, acorns, then they're off.

    Except in a hard winter when they come for the peanuts

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,357

    Last year was the first time the squirrels didn't nick my hazelnuts - I expect they'll be back as per normal this autumn though!  If I were to plant another cob, it would be a purple leaved filbert (aka red filbert.)  Smaller nut crop but much more attractive foliage (which is all I usually get to enjoy!)  Chris Bowers (who posts on this forum) has a good range of all types to choose from.  Matty, just one squirrel will strip a tree - they just take them, bury them and return until there are none left.. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I have four large hazels in my garden,  and at least three red squirrels in the area, the nuts are for the squirrels which i have great fun watching.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    How lovely Andrew.  Worth having them just for that reason alone   image

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