Yellowhorn - <em>Xanthoceras sorbifolium</em> - Zone 5 -

Yellowhorn - Xanthoceras sorbifolium - Zone 5

Yellowhorn is an exceptionally attractive deciduous tree or shrub that produces nuts similar in flavour to macadamia nuts. One of our most beautiful ornamentals, the leaves and flowers are edible right along with the nuts.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
4-10 Inchessold-out$15.00$0.00
Total$0.00

Yellowhorns are spectacular as ornamental trees for their beautiful flowers and vibrant fall foliage. They are a growing favourite in permaculture circles for their multitude of edible elements. The leaves and flowers are generally eaten cooked while the nuts can be eaten raw, roasted, boiled or dried and ground into flour. The nuts can also be pressed to obtain oil and there is currently significant work being done with regard to the use of this oil for biodiesel.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity8 metres (26 feet)
Spacing2 metres (6 feet)
Hardiness zoneat least 5, might be worth trying in colder climates
Soilmoist, well drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringApril/May
HarvestSeptember/October
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorbrown
Years to bear fruit2 to 3
PollinationSelf-fertile but more productive with pollinator
Latin nameXanthoceras sorbifolium
Average diameter of fruit1.5 cm each seed
Also known as Goldenhorn, Chinese Flowering Chestnut, Wen Guan Guo