Yellow male catkins descend from this beautiful shrub in March, female flowers are tiny red stars along the ends of the branches, rounded leaves are slighted pleated and turn a fantastic copper color in fall, terrifically tasty nuts encased in frilled leafy bracts ripen in early August (take your cue from the S quirrels-as soon as you see one run off with a nut, it is time to harvest!), excellent wildlife food (for turkey, foxes, woodpeckers, quail, etc.), clay tolerant, can be trimmed to grow as a small tree.
6-15 feet tall (4-8 feet wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b
Native Range: MB to QC south to n. GA, n. LA, & e. OK. Rare in QC & LA