Juglans species

Our grafted English walnut varieties are proven superior for heavy and reliable production.

These stately trees have large compound leaves and a handsome branching pattern that makes them attractive, even in wintertime. The walnuts and butternuts will thrive in most of the nation.

Useful Facts

Pollination:  English walnuts are self-fertile but may produce at a younger age with a second variety for pollination.  Plant two black walnut seedlings for pollination.
Sun or shade:  Walnuts require full sun to crop effectively.
Plant spacing:  40 foot spacings are most commonly used as a permanent spacing for walnuts.
Harvest time:  Walnuts drop from trees from late September to mid-October.
Bearing age:  Seedlings will bear in six or more years, while our grafted trees will often bear in the second or third year following planting.

How to Grow

Soil requirements:  For good production and long life, walnuts should be located in reasonably deep soils of good drainage.  They prefer slightly acid to neutral soils.
Cultural requirements:  After one growing season, apply a nitrogenous fertilizer mulch in early spring because walnuts like a steady supply of moisture in the growing season.

How to Use

In the landscape:  Walnuts are a fine yard, shade, or street tree, though it should be a fairly large yard, and they should be sited at least 20 feet from buildings to protect foundations.
In the kitchen:  Walnuts are a highly concentrated protein source and thus are a great snack item, and add a nutritious component to cookies, cake toppings, fruit pies, salads, and breads.  Ground in a blender or chopped, they make a tasty addition to casseroles or a meatless nutloaf.

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