Species Detail

Corylus americana Walter.
American hazelnut bush

Scientific Name:  
Corylus americana Walter.
Common Name:  
American hazelnut bush
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Swamp some deciduous domts.
Growth Forms:  
Herb, Cultivated

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Anonymous 1837 Use - Food  hazel bush
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Use - Unknown 
Kerr, J. 1935 Use - Food 
Tippman, D. 1999, November 11 Use - Food  nuts gathered for food
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Food  hazel nut
Botanical Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Moist or dry woods and thickets throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Tippman, D. 1999, November 11   Jim Strack mentions the declining abundance of hazelnut and butternut trees in eastern myaamionki.
Bush, L. L 1996   Archaeological studies have demonstrated that nuts preserved as nutshell; which represent walnut; hickory and hazelnut species were an important wild food resource utilized by Late Woodland prior to 700 A.D. through approximately 1450 A.D. indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana. Results of these studies indicate that nut use declined over the Late Woodland period prior to 700 A.D. to 1450 A.D.; probably due to increased cultivation of fall-maturing crops; like corn; and conflicts with gathering nuts during this same time period.
Bush, L. L 1996   Human-charred hazelnut nutshell and nutmeat material were recovered from an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895   Other Miami terms for hazel nut include