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.
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.
|Height at maturity||8 metres (26 feet)|
|Spacing||2 metres (6 feet)|
|Hardiness zone||at least 5, might be worth trying in colder climates|
|Soil||moist, well drained|
|Sun / shade||Full sun|
|Average fruit weight|
|Years to bear fruit||2 to 3|
|Pollination||Self-fertile but more productive with pollinator|
|Latin name||Xanthoceras sorbifolium|
|Average diameter of fruit||1.5 cm each seed|
|Also known as||Goldenhorn, Chinese Flowering Chestnut, Wen Guan Guo|