Our Nut Trees

After extensive research on nut tree suitability in our west coast climate, we decided on the following species and cultivars for the 250 nut tree agroforestry portion of our operation:

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 nut orchard on Gabriola Island? Contact us!

3 thoughts on “Our Nut Trees”

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

  2. 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!


    1. 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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