This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Four or five years ago, seeing the Sicilian Nut Tree extensively advertised as a valuable nut-bearing shrub or tree, I ordered two plants from the proprietor, received them by express, and planted them in my garden in Detroit. They grew well and stood two winters without any apparent damage. The third winter, one of them was killed by the rigors of the season, the other still survives and puts out a large growth of strong shoots every year, but as yet has not borne fruit. It appears to be identical with the filbert, the improved and cultivated Corylus or Hazel. The seller, who is a nurseryman in Massachusetts, may not have intended fraud or imposition, as it is probable the nuts from which the trees were raised were imported from Sicily, as filberts are extensively grown in, and largely exported from that Island.