Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds
Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds

Black Walnut Juglans nigra 5 Seeds

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The Black Walnut is a large, native tree that is grown for its high-quality wood and also for its edible nuts. It is a deciduous tree growing 75-100’ (less frequently to 125’) tall with and an oval to rounded crown. Mature trees characteristically have long trunks, often with an absence of lower branching. Fissured, sharply ridged, dark gray-black bark forms diamond patterns. Black walnut is native to the eastern United States and southern Canada from Massachusetts through southern Ontario to South Dakota south to Florida and Texas. It typically occurs in rich woods, in valleys along streams and in open upland woods. Features odd-pinnate compound leaves (to 24” long), each with 13-23 oblong to lanceolate leaflets. The terminal leaflet is often missing. Leaves are late to emerge in spring and early to drop in fall. Leaves are strongly aromatic when crushed. Fall color is an undistinguished yellow. Yellow green monoecious flowers appear in late spring (May-June), the male flowers in drooping hairy catkins and the female flowers in short terminal spikes. Female flowers give way to edible nuts, each being encased in a yellow-green husk. Nuts mature in autumn, falling to the ground where the husks blacken as they rot away. Kernels are edible but hard to extract. Black walnuts are harvested for commercial sale. The wood from this tree is highly valued for a number of commercial uses including cabinets, furniture, gunstocks and fine veneers. It is perhaps the best furniture wood available from any native American tree. Overharvesting of trees for the wood has greatly reduced the native populations in the wild. Native Americans used the nuts for food and boiled the tree sap for syrup. They also reportedly threw the husks into ponds to poison fish, making them easier to catch.

The black walnut prefers moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Intolerant of shade. Difficult to transplant because of deep taproot. May be grown for its edible nuts. Although young trees will sometimes begin producing nuts when only 4-6 years old, it usually takes 20 years before a tree will produce a large crop of nuts. No serious insect or disease problems. Black walnut roots produce chemicals called juglones which are very toxic to certain other plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, peonies and solanaceous crops (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes). Most of the toxicity is limited to within the drip line of the tree, but the area of toxicity typically increases outward as the tree matures. Garden Uses. Large deciduous tree for large landscapes. Inappropriate as a street tree. Hardy in zones 4-9

Growing Instructions

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

  1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag.
  3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 3-4 months.
  4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot.
  5. Sow the seeds 1-2 inches deep.
  6. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet.
  7. Put the pot in an area in full sun or part shade. The seeds germinate in 4-6 weeks.
  8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.