Collection: Walnut Trees

Walnut trees are great for shade and nuts

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Collection: Bare Root Walnut Trees

Walnut Trees: Nature's Deciduous Marvels

English walnut (Juglans regia), commonly known as Persian Walnut, are the pinnacle of edible walnuts, often grafted onto either Paradox or NC Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) tree rootstock. These deciduous trees, with their compound leaves, provide shade and yield abundant, high-quality walnuts. Planting two varieties in full sun enhances nut production.

The Black walnut tree, Juglans nigra, native to eastern North America, is a stately species within a diverse family, including varieties like Chandler, Ambassador, and Franquette. Each brings unique characteristics to different regions. Chandler walnut trees are favored in California for their large, high-quality nuts. Ambassador walnut trees are fast-growing, known for their disease resistance and hardiness in various zones. Franquette, from France, is prized for its late blooming and rich-flavored nuts. All these varieties feature compound leaves and prefer well-drained soils in sunny locations.

While walnuts are fast-growing and produce delicious nuts, their roots, leaves, and nut shells release juglone, which is toxic to some plants. To optimize growth, keep sensitive plants at a distance from the walnut.

Our English walnut trees, sourced from the eastern United States, are the common walnut variety Juglans nigra, or black walnut. These trees, known for their dark brown chambered pith, exhibit hardiness in various zones. Black walnut seedlings, aged 2 years, promise fruitful yields from their 5th year. These trees, with their distinctive dark brown hue, are a practical and sustainable addition to landscapes.

Distinctive Traits:

  • Female Flowers: Walnut trees bear distinct female flowers that mature into fruit. The female flowers typically measure several inches long and are characterized by their intricate, almost delicate appearance.

Bountiful Harvests:

  • Tree Produces: The walnut tree's prime allure lies in its annual yield. The English walnut, known for its thin-shelled, tasty nuts, is widely cultivated for commercial purposes, whereas the black walnut's nuts have a thicker shell but are highly prized for their rich, robust flavor.


  • Canker Disease: Walnut trees may face challenges like canker disease, a fungal infection that can affect the bark, causing cankers or lesions. Maintaining proper care, including pruning infected branches and promoting tree vigor, aids in disease prevention.

Value and Significance:

  • Highly Prized: Both varieties of walnut trees hold significant economic and cultural value. The wood from black walnut trees is sought after for its strength and beauty, often used in fine woodworking and furniture crafting. The nuts from English walnuts find extensive culinary usage, adding flavor and nutritional value to various dishes.

Cultivation Insights:

  • Optimal Conditions: Walnut trees thrive in well-drained, fertile soils and prefer areas with adequate sunlight exposure.
  • Growth Patterns: These trees can reach impressive heights and widths, providing ample shade and making them a focal point in larger landscapes.

Nuts and Nutritional Value:

  • Nutritional Richness: Walnut nuts are highly nutritious, boasting omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption is linked to various health benefits, including heart health and brain function enhancement.

Environmental Impact:

  • Ecosystem Contribution: Walnut trees contribute to ecosystem diversity by providing habitats for various wildlife and contributing to soil enrichment.

Walnut trees, with their distinctive features, prized produce, and environmental significance, hold a cherished place in horticulture and ecology. While challenges like canker disease may arise, these trees continue to stand as symbols of strength, value, and natural beauty, offering both tangible and intangible benefits to ecosystems and human endeavors alike.

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