Standard on Northern California Black Walnut Seedling rootstock.
Chill hours: 700
Harvest: October 10 - November 1
Looks: Well-sealed, thin-shelled nuts.
Personality: High quality nuts.
Facts of note: Very large tree which bears on terminals. The last English walnut to leaf out, less susceptible to spring frost damage, unfortunately this means it is late to flower and since it misses the pollen shed of other varieties crops can be smaller than other varieties. High quality timber. A very old French variety.
Pollination: Self-pollinated. Higher yields with a pollenizer especially when the tree is young. Chandler is a great pollenizer choice for Franquette.
European walnuts are the standard of eating walnuts. Good for shade, highly productive. Requires deep watering and well–drained soil. Plant two varieties for best production. Susceptible to blight and root diseases. Can be tricky to grow and are subject to a more limited bareroot guarantee limited to 50% of the purchase price (see page 37 for more details). Trees are 2 years old, and should begin to fruit in their 5th year.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
If you live in a late frost area, and want to grow walnuts this is the variety for you. This is usually the absolute last tree to leaf out in my yard so it never gets caught in the snow. I've had ten trees for over ten years and all have survived and been productive. The nuts are good quality and tasty. The black walnut rootstock performs very well in the foothill soil and the trees are large and beautiful.Review by Steph the Photographer (on 6/21/11)