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Black Walnut

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A massive and dominating shade tree, best reserved for larger landscapes and parks; compound leaves impart an interesting ferny texture, walnuts are edible and very tasty but hard to crack, attract squirrels, can be somewhat messy; wood is highly prized

Characteristics

Species:
nigra
Average Landscape Height:
70 feet
Average Landscape Width:
60 feet
Genus:
Juglans
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
high
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

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Planting & Growing

Black Walnut will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 60 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations! This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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