Royal Filbert Hazelnut

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Bears large, easy-to-crack nuts. Spreading growth habit of canopy creates landscape appeal, especially in fall where dark green foliage takes on golden tones. Remove sucker growth to maintain single-trunked tree form. Easy to grow, ideal for the spray-free gardener. Disease-resistant to common fungal issues. Matures to be 15–18’ tall and wide. Ripens in late August or early September. Best pollinator: another variety of Filbert Hazelnut.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late August To Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Rich
Texture Fine Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 18' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow filbert hazelnut trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
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Jan G on Apr 7, 2021
blight resistance and large nut. Compliment casina and Barcelona
Michael O on Mar 3, 2021
Jan G on Apr 7, 2021
need a polinizer for american variety
Burdean W on Mar 15, 2021
blight resistance and large nut. Compliment casina and Barcelona
Michael O on Mar 3, 2021
Have had good results from previously ordered Royal Filberts from Starks Bros.
Christopher W on Apr 2, 2019
Good experience with other types of hazelnuts
THEODORE M on Apr 1, 2019
I bought this as a pollinator for my other hazelnut tree.
Carol L B on Mar 30, 2019
raising bees and Hazelnut trees bloom early and are a good source of food for them
Laurie V on Mar 11, 2019
As part of our Restoration Ag/ Forest farm planting
CHRISTIN W K on Mar 5, 2019
Disease resistance
Victor T on Feb 14, 2019
Bought a Hazelnut from another provider last year that didn't survive. My other Hazelnuts I bought from Stark Brothers are doing great so I'm filling the void with them. Bought trees from a few different companies last year, the Stark Brothers did the best!
John S on Apr 25, 2018
need a polinizer for american variety
Burdean W on Mar 15, 2021
Have had good results from previously ordered Royal Filberts from Starks Bros.
Christopher W on Apr 2, 2019
Will two of the same type of tree (Royal Filbert for example) pollinate each other?
Dan S on Mar 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another hazelnut variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
What variety is the pollinator for royal filberts ?
Andreas R on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Casina, Barcelona or FIngerlakes Super Hardy will all serve as good pollinators. Unfortunately, we're sold out of all of them at this time of year, but you can go to any one of those product pages and request an availability email near the top of the page. We'll automatically notify you when it becomes available again.



Hi. I've read t hat some filberts grow hedge like and it sounds like this does because of the instructions to prune.
Can I get hedge like growth and is this the only one that grow like that?
Don P on Feb 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I purchased Lewis, Royal and Barcelona from Stark's in 2018, Have had really good growth over the past two years, even got a handful of Hazelnuts off of Royal last year. Royal puts out a fair number of suckers which is what you want if you want to grow this into a hedge row. Remember that you will need two varieties with similar bloom times if you want to get Hazelnuts. Plus Royal has some immunity eastern filbert blight. I am in zone 5. Hope this helps
Hello I have 30acres in zone 7b and thinking about planting over time a Hazelnut orchard How many trees should be planted on a single acre ? Thank you, Joseph C
Jogrow on Jan 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Sorry I can't be much help I only planted two for cross pollination look at the item and it will tell you how far to plant them next to each other and that should help you figure out how many you'll need
Is it resistant to eastern filbert blight?
23bob on Feb 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Currently we do not have any information to suggest this is resistant to blight.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I planted hazelnuts in the spring of 2018, they did fine made it through winter and were putting on leaves this spring. Then suddenly the leaves began to dry up, fall off now they look like they're dying. Any suggestions as to what could have gone wrong? We kept them watered. We also had a cherry tree do the same thing.
MARY S on Aug 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It could be a dozen different reasons. One area I would investigate is your soil composition. I would get a soil test done to see if there???s any nutrients lacking or if the soil ph is off. Here in western PA our local Agway sells a soil kit for $11. It???s very easy. You take a small scoop of your dirt and mail it in. It goes through Penn State Univ and gives you data on your soil profile and things you can do to improve the soil depending on your plant, crop, or tree species. I???ve had it done on multiple planting areas and it???s been a huge help.
Do hazelnuts require special care to pollinate, such as planting 2 different varieties?
ZChaim on Apr 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, hazelnuts require a pollinator of a different variety.
I have heard that hazelnuts need to be planted as a pair, like a boy and a girl. I did buy 2 a few years ago, but one did not survive, now I am going to buy just one. I guess my question is: they need a pair for pollination, but they both have boys and girls flowers, don't they?
Masha on Feb 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You are correct, hazelnut trees are monoecious, meaning they have separate male and female flowers on the same tree - but they don't bloom at the same time, which is why you need another tree. Lewis, Casina and Barcelona are all compatible.

Customer Reviews

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Good sized filbert stock.
Received an additional batch of young Royals this spring to add to those received and planted in the previous two years. As always, this spring's offerings are good sized trees with a good root structure, so I expect similar results to what I have seen in previous years. This variety can be a slow starter here in VT but they really catch hold in the second year. If you have Japanese beetles in your area be sure to keep them sprayed to prevent defoliation.
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
A surprisingly nice tree/bush.
I didn't expect much, as the bare root was very sparsely populated, a single root almost as large as the tree stem, maybe 8 inches long. After an extra long and wintery winter, it is doing great. Lots of leaves and some secondary limb action already. I also planted another type of hazelnut for a pollinater, which had a great root and did not survive, which was replaced by Stark Bros no questions asked. Very pleased.
May 24, 2017
over 5 years ago
The tree is doing very well.
The tree are about 40" so not going to be producing anytime soon. Love the foliage.
Very healthy!
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
In it's second season.
So far this little tree is doing beautifully. It has rooted very well, and leafed out. It has grown out several inches in the year it has been in the ground. I've had no problems with it at all. Am looking forward to plenty of filberts in the coming years!
July 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Filbert Bush
This bush took off and is now almost 10' tall and at least 6' in diameter! Very healthy and I am expecting nuts within the next few years.
May 16, 2019
over 6 years ago
Happy with it
We are happy with the tree, it’s growing well, just starting to get a few nuts.
May 8, 2018
over 5 years ago
Two plants
One excellent, well branched, the second a stick with a few small branches at the top. They formed catkins in the Fall, which were killed during the Winter. Nothing productive to report, they are alive
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Nice tree, doing very well!. Lived through winter and is going strong
May 3, 2018
over 6 years ago
This one is growing great guns. Thank you so much!
May 20, 2019
over 3 years ago
most items are only a year old. The cassina filbert did not make it through winter
May 7, 2019
over 3 years ago