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PlantFiles: Butternut
Juglans cinerea

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

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb 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 large that is surrounded by a large condominium complex. It is a handscome tree, though i know it will be messy like other walnuts. There are a few in a play ground in Downingtown, PA, that are not handsome specimens. 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 gschlut 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!


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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