Description + Attributes:
Practicality and aesthetics combine in the black walnut to make this species one of the most treasured trees in American history. The valuable dark brown wood is strong with a handsome grain that polishes easily and gleams forever. And the rich, flavorful nuts are enjoyed fresh and retain their flavor and texture during cooking.
- Yields a ripened nut crop in early to mid-autumn. The fruit consists of three layers: a green, fleshy husk; a black inner shell that is hard, thick and corrugated; and the kernel, which is oily and sweet.
- Begins to bear nuts in 12¬–15 years.
- Is prized in the woodworking world for its handsome grain.
- Is self-fertile but requires wind for pollination. Plant more than one tree to ensure a better crop.
- Grows in a rounded shape.
- Develops a deep taproot, making it difficult to transplant.
- Can be toxic to certain trees and plants--such as serviceberries, chestnuts, pines, arborvitae, apples, cherries, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, peppers, cabbages, alfalfa, blueberries, blackberries, azaleas, rhododendron, lilacs, hydrangeas, privets and plants in the heath family--if planted too close.
Height 50’-75’ & Width 50’-70’
Nuts provide a food source for woodpeckers, foxes and squirrels.
Acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained soils.
Moderate Drought Tolerance