Butternut
Juglans cinerea

Family: Juglandaceae (joo-glan-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juglans (JOO-glanz) (Info)
Species: cinerea (sin-EER-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ellijay, Georgia

Benton, Kentucky

Cumberland, Maryland

Binghamton, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Hardwick, Vermont

Rosedale, West Virginia

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 12, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I found a very excellent specimen of this species east of Newtown Square, PA, off Rt #3 in a yard in from of a18th century stome house that is surrounded by a large condominium complex. It is a handsome tree, though I know it will be messy like other walnuts in a residential yard. There are a few in a play ground in Downingtown, PA. I don't know of any serious problems on this species here. It is only occassionally found in this area. It is not found most everywhere like its big brother the Black Walnut.

Positive

On Aug 1, 2006, gschlut from Waukesha, WI wrote:

Great shade tree that is declining because of butternut canker. Very fast grower, beautiful foliage, good crop of butternuts in fall. This summer I saw almost 5 feet of growth from my 2nd year butternut!