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Common Name: Himalayan Hazel
Corylus ferox is a Deciduous Tree up to 10.00 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - Himalayas from C. Nepal to S.W. China.
Forests, 2400 - 3000 metres in the Himalayas[
]. Forests on mountain slopes at elevations of 1500 - 3800 metres in western China[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, but is in general more productive of seeds when grown on soils of moderate fertility[
]. It does less well in rich heavy soils or poor ones[
]. Does well in a loamy soil[
]. Very suitable for an alkaline soil[
], but it dislikes very acid soils[
]. Plants are fairly wind tolerant[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
Members of this genus bear transplanting well and can be easily moved even when relatively large[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. Small with a thick shell, the seed tastes like the common filbert, C. maxima[
]. The seed ripens in mid to late autumn and will probably need to be protected from squirrels[
]. When kept in a cool place, and not shelled, the seed should store for at least 12 months[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed.
Wood - soft, even grained[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is harvested in autumn in a cold frame[
]. Germinates in late winter or spring. Stored seed should be pre-soaked in warm water for 48 hours and then given 2 weeks warm followed by 3 - 4 months cold stratification[
]. Germinates in 1 - 6 months at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame or sheltered place outdoors for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[
Layering in autumn. Easy, it takes about 6 months[
Division of suckers in early spring. Very easy, they can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.