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Nut Trees

After extensive research on nut tree suitability in our west coast climate, we decided on the following species and cultivars for the agroforestry portion of the project.

Chinese Chestnut – Castanea mollissima

Japanese Heartnut – Juglans ailantifolia
Stealth and Campbell cultivars

Persian Walnut (commonly also referred to as English, Carpathian or California walnut) – Juglans regia
Broadview, Sejnovo and Bauer cultivars

Hazelnut (Filbert) – Corylus sp.
Jefferson, Yamhill, Eta, Theta, Gamma cultivars
that are blight resistant

Butternut – Juglans cinerea

Black Walnut – Juglans nigra


We have selected grafted cultivars (versus seedling stock) for commercially viable nut characteristics like ease of shelling; size of nut flesh and taste. However we are planting seedling trees as temporary pollinators within the rows. These trees will be removed or relocated in 5-10 years to allow the permanent grafted cultivar plantings to mature to full size. Seedling trees typically bear nuts that can be quite different in shape, size, texture and flavour from the parent tree, so they are less economically viable in most cases. Questions about our amazing little nut orchard? Contact us!

  1. Anonymous permalink

    I love what you are doing. Are your nut trees bearing fruit yet and are you selling what you produce?

    • Thanks! We have been culling most immature walnuts and heartnuts to re-focus the trees’ energy to root zone growth. The hazelnuts want to produce almost right away! We are aiming for a commercial value-added crop in 2018 or 2019 for sale on Gabriola Island.

  2. The grafted walnut cultivars are from Grimo Nursery in Ontario. The seedling trees are locally sourced. The blight resistant hazelnuts that are coming spring 2013 will be from a nursery in Langley, BC that specializes in blight resistant varieties. They are called Nature-Tech nurseries.

  3. Cindy permalink

    Where do you source your nut tree cultivars from?

  4. childmillionaire permalink

    What a great project and blog. I shall be following along from London, England. Chris above, hello! It’s Rob from Earthscan days.

  5. Well done you guys!
    This is an inspiration!
    We found that raccoons loved our walnuts, and got to them first.
    We’ve just planted about 100 willows, to provide raw material for making baskets.
    (We’re neighbors of Josh who works for you.)
    Good luck!


    • Thanks! We’ll keep ‘coons on our ‘watch for’ list. So far they haven’t shown interest in the hazelnuts/walnuts that are producing on the property. But the jays and red squirrels are another story. We’re developing a strategy for them – stay tuned for details!

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