Hazelnut cultivars establish well in both cool-temperate and semi-arid regions in Australia
As a southern hemisphere country, Australia has the potential for counter seasonal production to supply fresh hazelnuts for six months of the year. Recent investment has seen the Australian hazelnut industry expand drastically from 140 (2011) to 1,370 (2016) ha planted. This growth is projected to reach 2,760 ha by 2025. Our aim is to determine the regional and varietal suitability and potential for the Australian hazelnut industry to further expand production. Three experimental sites were established in 2012 with one site in a traditional, cool temperate climate for hazelnut production (Orange, NSW) and the other two sites in less traditional, semi-arid, climates (Yanco and Dareton, NSW). These regions vary in rainfall, elevation and temperature. Tree growth and early yields are reported on as indices to compare the establishment of the trees between the three sites. Over the next five years, data collection will continue at these three regional sites as the hazelnut varieties mature into full productivity, providing further assessment of suitability.
Simpson, J.E., Gottschall, S.V. and Holzapfel, B.P. (2020). Hazelnut cultivars establish well in both cool-temperate and semi-arid regions in Australia. Acta Hortic. 1280, 95-102
Corylus avellana, climate, temperature