Black Walnut - Juglans nigra - An investment for the future -

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra - An investment for the future

The Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is a fast growing nut tree. It is also our most precious North American hardwood and is a real financial investment.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
1-2 Feetin stock$12.00$0.00
10 x 1-2 Feetin stock$90.00$0.00
100 x 1-2 Feetin stock$700.00$0.00
Total$0.00

The nut

Apart from money, the Black Walnut also bears delicious walnuts. The perfumed smooth and round nut shell is highly aromatic. The true nut is sweet and spicy, many will tell you that they make the best pies. As the shell is very hard, you will need a more solid tool than the common nut cracker to get the nut out of the shell!

Cultivation

This nut tree needs a sunny spot and well drained, rich soil. Well drained clay is its favorite place to be. The tree will survive being drowned in water for two weeks in spring, but no more than that. The Black Walnut will grow in temperatures as low as those experienced in zone 3, but needs to be in  zone 4 or warmer to produce nuts. Many Black Walnut are not hardy to zone 3. The seedlings we grow here are born from parents with a winterproof genetic that can withstand -47 degrees Celsius. The Black Walnut is a fast growing tree that can reach 30 metres high and a 10 metre branch spread. It is also used as a medicinal plant as it has anti-fungal properties.

Juglone toxicity

The Black Walnut is a member of the Juglans family. Its roots produce a substance named juglone that is toxic to various plants, inclusive of apple trees, tomato, potato, cabbage, eggplant, blueberry, azalea, rhododendron, lilac, red pine and the like. For a more complete list of plants intolerant to juglone click here. Consider this when choosing where to plant a Black Walnut.

Financial Investment

The Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) wood is very rare and therefore very expensive. It is a long-term investment as a 25 year old tree can have a value up to $15,000. Your initial outlay will be $20. What bank can offer you even $100 after 25 years?

Price

The height column at the top of the page indicates the height of the tree and wether the price is for a single tree or for a package. For example, 100 x 1-2 feet indicates a package of 100 trees measuring between 1 and 2 feet tall.

Extra shipping fees apply for 3-5 feet tall Black Walnut.
 

 

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity30 metres (100 feet)
Spacing10 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone4
Soilrich, deep, well drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringMay
HarvestMid-October
Average fruit weightDry nut with shell: 23 g (weight without shell: 5g)
Fruit colorBrown shell / Cream nut
Years to bear fruit8 to 12
PollinationSelf-fertile, but better results with cross-pollination
Latin nameJuglans nigra
Average diameter of fruit
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