Yellowhorn Tree Shrub Information

Yellowhorn Tree Or Shrub Information

Yellowhorn is a great tree for backyard gardeners or permaculturists because it serves many purposes. It can be grown as a shrub or tree with delicate, feathery foliage and stunning white flowers with red throats with a similar bloom time to lilacs.

Bees can be found in these flowers which then turn to unique green leathery looking pods. In mid-summer, these pods open up releasing several brown marble sized nuts.

These nuts can be eaten raw or roasted. The flavour has been described as buttery, peanut with a hint of vanilla and a slightly bitter after taste. The nuts contain up to 60% oil and 30% protein. Yields can be up to 1 ton/hectare of clean, dry kernels and .3 to .4 ton/hectare of oil (as high as olives). (Source; World Agroforestry Center, Participatory Agroforestry Development in DPR China)

Yellowhorn can be expected to bear nuts from 3 years and up, have had no disease or pest problems and are easy to care for. Some trees may produce suckers which can be cut out or transplanted.


A lovely, deciduous small nut tree with beautiful upright panicles of large white flowers with a deep red center in late spring. At 3 to 4 years starts producing striking, edible nuts in mid-summer which can be eaten raw or roasted.


Full sun, average soil, height approx. 25 ft. Good for cold, dry regions, xeriscape.

Uses: Ideal for edible landscaping and wildlife gardens, biodiesel fuel

  • Self-fertile but reported to do better with a pollinator.
  • 50 seeds $20
  • 6 to 12-inch seedling Reserve for 2022 $18.00





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