It is heavy, strong, shock resistant and yet can be easily split and worked. When the hulls turned black, we would put them in the driveway and my father would run over them with his truck to break the hulls off. As a consequence, self-pollination is unlikely. Total lifespan of J. nigra is about 130 years. Black walnut is more resistant to frost than the English or Persian walnut, but thrives best in the warmer regions of fertile, lowland soils with high water tables, although it will also grow in drier soils, but much more slowly. Wear gloves as the husks stain your hands (and anything they touch). We have about a dozen and for some reason this year some trees have none. I had one break a windshield on our car while driving a couple of years ago. In a small Northeast Central Indiana town we have a Black Locust, a Black Walnut & an Ash in a row between two houses. BEWARE THE HULLS!!! A hot pepper plant is also doing well, as are two elderberry bushes I just got this year.  For maximum seed germination, the seeds should be cold-moist stratified for 3–4 months, although the exact time depends on the seed source. (Note: Black Walnuts are different than the English Walnuts more commonly sold in stores and shown in the photo above.). Submitted by donna on August 21, 2020 - 7:10pm. Maggots can be serious for commercial walnut growers, who tend to use chemical treatments to prevent damage to the crop. Submitted by Linda White on August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm. The rings on the inside of this tree made it at least 100 years old! I have 3 large Black walnuts near where my driveway meets the street (neighbors have others, also near the street). "The Black Walnut Tree" was written by the American poet Mary Oliver and first published in her 1979 collection, Twelve Moons.In the poem, which is usually read as being autobiographical, the speaker and her mother must decide whether to sell their walnut tree in order to help pay off their mortgage. 04 of 07.  The oil from the cultivar 'Carter' had the highest mol percentage of linoleate (61.6), linolenate (5.97%), and palmitate (3.98%); the oil from the cultivar 'Baugh' had the highest mol percentage of oleate (42.7%); the oil from the cultivar 'Ogden' has the highest mol percentage of stearate (2.98%). The tree nut contains tannins, a class of substances with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Squirrels bury the nuts, starting many new trees each year. Here is a small property near Franklin in western North Carolina which has five healthy, mature black walnut trees. Juglone does serve a purpose, though. Although the black walnut has many uses and benefits, the tree does come with a caveat: the black walnut’s roots, which may extend 50 feet or more from the trunk, exude a natural herbicide known as juglone. The nuts' nutritional profile leads to uses in other foods, such as salads, fish, pork, chicken, vegetables and pasta dishes. , The tallest black walnut in Europe is located in the Woluwe Park in the city of Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium. As such, the exact timing will vary in different regions of the US and depending on the weather conditions from year to year, leafout is typically early April in the southern part of its range and sometimes not until the end of May or beginning of June in cooler areas. To remove the husk, you can simply step on them gently with an old pair of shoes. The leaves are browsed by white tailed deer, although they are not a preferred food.  This disease has recently been discovered in Tennessee, and could potentially have devastating effects on the species in the eastern United States. In spite of this, black walnuts make great shade trees for larger properties. A black walnut tree usually is between 20 and 30 m (about 65 and 100 feet) tall and has a trunk about 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) in diameter, with a deeply furrowed, dark brown or grayish black bark. We have a lot of them here in central Pennsylvania and all the comments, pro and con, are true! Submitted by Charles J on August 20, 2020 - 6:10am.  When growing young trees weed control is critical for healthy establishment of the trees, without weed control the young trees are harmed significantly in their growth rate. They also knew it was because we were doing our part to help the family. Widespread clear-cutting of oaks due to Gypsy moth damage in the 1970s-80s particularly aided in the tree's spread. Tomatoes, potatoes, apples, pears, berries, and some landscape plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, and lilacs may be killed or stunted if grown in close proximity to black walnut roots or within the tree’s drip line (i.e., under the tree’s canopy). Black walnut has a strong taproot, which makes the seedlings resilient, but difficult to transplant. Black walnut nuts are shelled commercially in the United States. "Mrs. Maxwell's" variety is doing the best so far, "Delicious" not so good, and "Amish Paste" somewhere in between. Black walnut is one of the most abundant trees in the eastern US, particularly the Northeast, and its numbers are increasing due to epidemics that have affected other tree species, including emerald ash borer, chestnut blight, butternut canker, wooly hemlock adelgid, dogwood anthracnose, Dutch elm disease, and Gypsy moth infestations. Where the range of the eastern black walnut overlaps that of the Texas black walnut (J. microcarpa), the two species sometimes interbreed, producing populations with characteristics intermediate between the two species. In 2004, DNA testing was used to solve one such poaching case, involving a 95-foot tree worth US $28,500 cut down from someone’s backyard while they were on holiday. In fewer instances, shedding pollen can cause allergic reactions in horses and people as well as kidney effects in animals that ingest hulls. Submitted by ROBERT cito on July 24, 2020 - 7:46pm. As a result, a number of home walnut-cracking devices have been produced, involving vices, cams, or levers..  It is cultivated there and in North America as a forest tree for its high-quality wood. Submitted by Virginia Lawhorne on August 21, 2020 - 9:43am. Submitted by Deborah S Walter on September 20, 2020 - 9:28am. I think I'll keep it! Yes, indeed. Mature Walnut Trees are a relatively large tree growing to 20-25 metres, or 80 feet plus high. onto the pavement; then, when cars drive over and flatten them, they become ugly black 'pancakes' that last forever on the street. Black walnuts should never be on a property where horses are kept. , The shell itself is thicker than that of the English walnut, and there are additional, thick internal walls tightly surrounding the nutmeat. Crack the shell with a hammer to get to the nut meat. Submitted by Jimmie on August 19, 2020 - 9:48am.  Vectored by the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis), a fungus, Geosmithia morbida spreads into the wood around the galleries carved by the small beetles. Facts About the Black Walnut Tree I despise these trees. I love in south Louisiana and remember as a younger adult always having a few trees.  Black walnut grows best on sandy loam, loam, or silt loam type soils but will also grow well on silty clay loam soils. Obviously the roots will damage both foundations. This year, I'll consider picking up a few and following the guidance posted in this article. The wild American Black Walnut is native to 32 states and is the official tree nut of Missouri, where the crop is most abundantly found. Dry the walnuts for a couple of weeks on a screen or drying rack or in a hanging mesh bag. We properly manage every logging job to ensure our logging service delivers on time and commands high value for your timber. Custom programming and server maintenance by. , Black walnut is highly prized for its dark-colored, straight grained, true heartwood. Submitted by The Editors on September 30, 2020 - 4:07pm. The walnuts are still a golf ball size and wondering when they will become the baseball size tree is about 10 years old. The biggest problems is that it attracts squirrels (aka tree demons). I've watched them do it. This substance is also found in the tree’s leaves and fruit husks. Do NOT use in bedding. Black walnuts require a deep, fertile soil with a near-neutral or slightly acidic pH. Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) larvae eat walnut kernels, as well as apple and pear seeds. But black walnut trees are not always good companions in the … We would gather the green nuts and pile them under the tree. In most cases, the damage caused by black walnuts to other plants is a combination of the presence of juglone in the soil, and the competition for light, water and nutrients. I have a "walnut wizard" which makes picking them up SO easy! It stains everything and looks like green bird dung. Wash the Walnut Shells . The apparent confusion is easily explained by the fact that the liquid (dye) obtained from the inner husk becomes increasingly darker over time, as the outer skin darkens from light green to black. As is typical of many species in Juglandaceae, Juglans nigra trees tend to be monoecious, i.e.. produce pollen first and then pistillate flowers or else produce pistillate flowers and then pollen. Black walnuts are wild walnuts that are native to North America. The adult sucks plant juices through a snout. The last time the wind blows as many walnuts seem to fall as have fallen all summer and fall together. Because of this, black walnut is a common weed tree found along roadsides, fields, and forest edges in the eastern US. In earlier times there were giant black walnut trees, 30' in circumference and more than 200' tall. The tree hates shade (intolerant) and best growth occurs in a sunny open location and a moist rich soil, common along stream banks in its native habitat. While its primary native region is the Midwest and east-central United States, the black walnut was introduced into Europe in 1629 and is also cultivated in Hawaii. Sometimes black walnut is planted as part of reclaiming mines. However, I love it and will continue to nurture it. Submitted by Naomi M on September 28, 2020 - 9:34am. The fruit is a rounded, yellow-green husk, containing a nut that is a food source for squirrels. Help! You can store them unshelled up to a year. While many species of plants are allelopathic, walnuts are particularly famous for it, records of walnut toxicity to other plants have been observed as far back as the first century when Pliny the Elder wrote: "The shadow of walnut trees is poison to all plants within its compass. I'd rather be eaten alive by fire ants than to ever buy another house with them anywhere near it. Black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) produce a toxic substance (called juglone) that prevents many plants from growing under or near them. Its western range extends all the way to the eastern Great Plains, after which climate conditions become too dry for it. This would include many native trees such as black walnut, butternut, the hickories and pecan. His Dr. said he had never seen anything like it! Do you have a black walnut tree? When the nuts drop, the go 'splack!' Black walnut is an important tree commercially, as the wood is a deep brown color and easily worked. We just had a 60+ ft Black Walnut tree cut down. Submitted by Mj on July 19, 2020 - 11:00am, How hard is it to destroy this tree? Fruiting may begin when the tree is 4–6 years old, but large crops take 20 years. Delicious.  Due to its value, forestry officials often are called on to track down walnut poachers; in 2004, DNA testing was used to solve one such poaching case, involving a 55-foot (16-m) tree worth US$2,500. Black walnut (Juglans nigra) can poison horses, dogs and perhaps other species. The nut contains a sweet, oily seed and is enclosed in a yellow-green, hairy husk. The valuable dark brown wood is strong with a handsome grain. It has a circumference of 3.50 m (11 ft 6 in), height of exactly 33.60 m (110.2 ft) (measured by laser), and was planted around 1850 (± 10 years). The hulls are dangerous. Walnuts grow from a 3-6 cm or 1.25-2.5 inch range and fall with some force. Often, trees are grown for both lumber and walnuts simultaneously and many cultivars have been developed for improved quality nuts or wood. Use pliers to easily clip away the shell to release the nutmeat. Besides collecting the walnuts, we also tap our black walnut trees to make syrup. Walnuts are too tough and too large to be opened with a standard nutcracker, but simply cracking the shell open with a rock results in smashed and shattered nutmeats mixed with shell, unless done with some care and skill—and it is still nearly impossible to extract an intact half this way.  J.nigra and J. cinerea often grow in the same range as well but they do not hybridize naturally. It was an effective way to maintain roads in mud seasons. Submitted by The Editors on November 9, 2020 - 3:30pm. The maggots develop entirely within the husk, thus the quality of the nutmeat is not affected. Submitted by Semachiah on August 21, 2020 - 9:23am. Be aware that if you live in a rural area, that Black Walnut is highly toxic to horses. My tree is right by my driveway which makes a pretty big mess. Many dying black walnut trees have been attacked by the thousand cankers disease. Boxed black walnuts under tree. , Important leaf sucking insects include species of aphids and plant lice including (Monellia spp. The fungus causes cankers that inhibit the movement of nutrients in black walnut, leading to crown and branch dieback, and ultimately death.. Squirrels love to nest and breed in walnut trees as the walnut fruit provides a good source of food from mid summer to fall. Submitted by Steve on August 21, 2020 - 10:35am. What should I do? Submitted by The Editors on September 1, 2020 - 1:56pm. Wild trees in the upper Ottawa Valley may be an isolated native population or may have derived from planted trees. Black walnut trees are native to the central and eastern U.S, but also do well in other parts of the country, and are grown for both nuts and timber. It really depends on how far gone the husk is. Black walnut used to be a very common old-growth forest tree. Basically, can you just let the walnut husk rot away and still keep the nut or will it rot too? It grows mostly in riparian zones, from southern Ontario, west to southeast South Dakota, south to Georgia, northern Florida and southwest to central Texas. , Species often associated with J. nigra include yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), white ash (Fraxinus americana), black cherry (Prunus serotina), basswood (Tilia americana), American beech (Fagus grandifolia), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), oaks (Quercus spp. I couldn't co-exist without it! 30-33 concludes that many plants are indeed able to tolerate juglone's toxicity. I've had a black walnut tree hovering over my backyard for 25 years now. Submitted by Lance Eslick on August 21, 2020 - 9:11am. Wonderful tree but I am told it can cause colic in horses? The nuts are food for many rodents and make up to 10% of the diet of eastern fox squirrels. However, black walnuts have the highest concentration of juglone. Well, time has passed and the trees are gone. The fruits are quite different, and their presence makes an identification easy, as black walnut fruits are round (spherical) and butternuts are more oval-oblong shaped. Wait until the trunk is "pole" size, or at least 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter measured 4.5 feet (1.4 m) above the ground. We didn't want to because it shaded 2/3 of our house and yard in the Texas summers. We have a squirrel infestation now and they destroy everything. I let the squirrels have them. They are native to the Eastern U.S. and grow as far north as Maine in USDA Zones 4-9. Black Walnut is highly prized for its beautiful wood and delicious nuts. Our logging team can tackle any timber job including log harvesting, removal, trucking, bidding.  Male and female flowers are in separate spikes, and the female flowers typically appear before the male on a single tree (dichogamy). Comments on black walnut trees ??? (Strike at a 90-degree angle to the seam until the nut cracks). Black Walnut is highly prized for its dark colored heartwood and because of its value, forestry officials often are called on to track down Black Walnut poachers; i… The brownish-black dye was used by early American settlers to dye hair. , Horses are susceptible to laminitis from exposure to black walnut wood in bedding. , Visually, black walnut is similar to the butternut (Juglans cinerea) in leaf shape, and the range also overlaps significantly. Black walnut trees are native to the central and eastern United States and until the turn of the century, quite common. The nuts are ankle breakers and I have to hire a kid to come and clean my deck once a week, but i can only use it for a day afterwards before it's covered again. Like other trees of the order Fagales, such as oaks, hickories, chestnuts, and birches, it is monoecious, with wind-pollinated catkins. The toxic effects of a mature bl… I plan to buy more taps and tap more trees next spring. , A disease complex known as thousand cankers disease has been threatening black walnut in several western states. Juglans regia (English Walnut) and Juglans nigra (Black Walnut) are the two most important trees for timber and nuts. If you don't clear the fruit from your yard, or if you leave a small pile in a corner, you will be "blessed" with a completely bare patch of soil for a year. They will then put a nice leaf over the spot and pat it down. , The extraction of the kernel from the fruit of the black walnut is difficult. We have 4 Black Walnut Trees in our yard. An analysis of nut oil from five named J. nigra cultivars ('Ogden', 'Sparrow', 'Baugh', 'Carter' and 'Thomas') showed the most prevalent fatty acid in J. nigra oil is linoleic acid (27.80–33.34 g/100g dry kernel), followed (in the same units) by oleic acid (14.52–24.40), linolenic acid (1.61–3.23), palmitic acid (1.61–2.15), and stearic acid (1.07–1.69). Are there people that buy very old black walnut trees?  The wood can be kiln dried and holds its shape well after seasoning, which makes this wood even more attractive for wood working.. Along with cedars (Thuja spp. The thick, hard shell is tightly bound by tall ridges to a thick husk. I am continually pulling baby walnut trees out of my garden beds because the squirrels seem to think it's a good place to 'plant' them. Leafout in spring is initiated when daytime highs reach approximately 70°F (21°C) and leaf drop in fall when daytime highs fall below 65°F (15°C). 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