Beautiful, fragrant flowers, edible leaves, flowers, and nuts/seeds that taste somewhat like chestnuts, macadamia nuts or Brazil nuts. Nuts can be ground into flour or used for oil.

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About Yellowhorn

Many pea size, sweet nuts produced in 2 inch seed capsules. White, one inch flowers in spring. Unusual, ornamental, small tree with one foot long compound leaves. Flowers, leaves and nuts are edible. Nuts are usually roasted: flavor similar to a macadamia nut. Tolerant of moist sites and partial shade.

  • Latin Name: Xanthocerus sorbifolia
  • Also Known As: Goldenhorn, Chinese Flowering Chestnut, Wen Guan Guo
  • Zone: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun, 1/2 Day Sun, Partial Sun, 1/2 Day Shade, Partial Shade, Dappled Shade
  • Pollination: Some sources state that Yellowhorn is self-fertile and some say that it requires cross-pollination. Likely, it is partially self-pollinating but will produce significantly more fruit if allowed to cross-pollinate.
  • Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
  • Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height.
  • Bloom Time: a:1:{i:0;s:6:"Spring";}
  • Harvest Time: September, October
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  • Type: Seed Grown/Seedling
  • Yield: 20+ lbs
  • Food Forest Use: Understory Layer, Shrub Layer
  • Origin: Native to Northern China

About Yellowhorns

This deciduous shrub or small tree is slow-growing, but once established it will produce edible, dark green leaves that turn bright yellow in Autumn. It has beautiful, fragrant flowers that are also edible, and seeds that are used for food and cooking oil. The oil is also being evaluated for biodiesel. This ornamental plant is also fairly drought tolerant and may also be a food source for beneficial insects. It is almost unknown outside of Asia, but this plant seems to be growing in popularity. While Yellowhorn will make an interesting and useful addition to a Forest Garden, I think there is a lot of potential for this as a major crop. Read more on yellowhorns @tcpermaculture

Edible Uses:

Edible uses

Flowers – cooked. They are usually boiled. Leaves – cooked. They are usually boiled. Seed – cooked. The seed is about the size of a pea, it is quite sweet, with a taste like a sweet chestnut. The seed is husked and then ground into a powder and boiled. Read more on yellowhorn @Practical Plants Wiki

Edibility Rating: 3 = could be grown as standard crops. Read more on yellowhorn @Plants For A Future

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quart size potsA guide to choosing the right size

1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.

Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.

1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.