Corylus avellana Fertile de Coutard or Hazelnut Fertile de Coutard is an old variety, vigorous and very productive. It is distinguished by a rapid setting in fruit, early flowering and fruiting giving from mid-August very large rounded fruits, flattened on two sides. It is one of the French varieties which produces the largest fruits.
The flowering of the Hazelnut Fertile de Coutard is in the form of hanging catkins for the male flowers which bloom in February-March and in the form of red spikes for the female flowers. The hazelnuts are of good taste quality, the almond is firm, ivory white in color and very fragrant, they are eaten fresh, roasted, grated or powdered. They are used in confectionery and pastry making. It is made into oil to season salads and raw vegetables.
Corylus avellana Fertile de Coutard, a deciduous fruit tree reaching a height of 4 to 5 m for a width of 3 m, adapts to any type of soil, even limestone. It appreciates cool, well-drained, humus-rich soils. It resists cold down to -22 ° C.
To fruit well, it requires cross-pollination with another variety, such as Longue d'Espagne Butler, Gunslebert, ou la Ronde du Piémont. Itself is an excellent pollinator for the Segorbe hazelnut tree among others.
To have good harvests of hazelnuts, choose the Hazelnut Fertile de Coutard.