BREAKING NEWS - February 10, 2017
We proudly introduce 2 new selections of hazelnuts from selection of plant material received from Dr. G. Slate and John Gordon many years ago. The 2 distinct varieties are car-artic-Gem and car-17. Both of these men were keenly interested in the work carried out on promoting hazelnuts that were resistant to the blight, but also in promoting cold hardiness, but most importantly nut size. They both offered me their best selections of geneva and slate, other unnamed varieties to work with. My notes indicated that they were all sections from crosses between the European X American strains. The (American strain - corals Americana) was Dr. Slates most wanted strain because of its resistance to the blight. At that time, I had already put in 12 years of experimenting with crosses from William Gellatly, from British Columbia. This was an encouragement because it was always my belief that the American strains (American + beak hazel (corylus cornuta) were the best cross for the European strains with their size of nut and production. The slate and Geneva did last for approximately 5 - 20 years, but gradually declined from the blight. Of the 4 percent survival, the crosses with the American hazelnut was more pronounced and eventually did produce several varieties which have maintained their disease resistant for 25 years plus. I now offer 2 new varieties from these selections to replace the Geneva and slate which I consider not suitable for reproduction.
Varieties I now offer are cr-artic-gem, cr-17 along with the following - car5, car7, car9, car12, car 24 & Chinese hazel.
The Spring of 2015 was a very unusual time at our location. We had snow up until April 16. Later in early May, temperatures soared up into the 60 mid 70's degrees (14-26 C.). New growth on Edible pine trees to 6 -8". Carpathian walnut 6 - 10 inch, Chinese Date, Chinese Dogwood, Cornelian Cherry, Sassafras, Oaks, Hickories,etc. Even the newly transplanted pine, carpathian walnut, etc. had put on new growth. May 23- temperature to 22 degrees F. for 6 hours. ( Have a Davis Weather Station which records Temperature, Wind Chill, Dew Point, Leaf Tempture, Soil tempature & moisture. etc. which transmits new readings every few seconds). By afternoon all new growth had turned black from the freezing temperatures. Although the Hazelnuts were in full leaf - no frost related signs of damage. The Paw Paw were not out in leaf, but had blossoms which were not harmed by the tempatures. Within a week or so noticed new growth coming back on the Siberian and Korean pine, Carpathian walnut, Apples, etc.. Within 4 weeks all trees were back to before May 23 and continued to prosper. All trees put on more than normal growth and crops for the fall harvesting were above normal..
Summary - some concern originally - but having faith, shows what the Creator will do.
" All were frozen but recovered very well. All leaves were die" Later statement - "100% of the young tree are alive..... I'm very happy"
Footnote: One of many cerncerned customers after deep freeze of May 23/15.. A good reason why not to give up.
We are pleased to advise that through our nursery supervison we have customers that have established commercial plantings of edible nut pines in excess of 450 acres, ranging from a few acres up to 20 acres in size.
Others have established or are in the process of establishing commerical crops of Asinima triloba (Paw paw) of more than 30 acres. While others have commerical plantings of more than 25 acres of Diospyros virginiana ( native North American Persimmon).
Please see our "Pest Control" section for control of planted seeds, nut trees - browsing of trees, protecting harvest of nuts, all in a humane way - no chemicals, no inhumane traps, NOT BOTHERSOME TOO PETS, does not interfer with bee pollination. Eliminates tree guards, etc. Runs on only about 30 cents a month. All solid state operation (no moving parts to worry about). Weatherproof - if necessary can be run all year round. Best thing that every happened to protect crops and trees..
We now offer larger trees in the Edible nut pines, Other edible nut trees in larger sizes, ranging from 8 - 25 feet in height. Please contact us for further information @ email@example.com