Juglans nigra

Common name: Black Walnut

Native plant

This here is the tree Abe Lincoln used to split! It is one of the most valuable hardwoods used for furniture. Walnut fruit is several inches across and very tasty if you can beat the squirrels to it. This tree grows best in full sun and mesic soil and should grow 18-24 inches per year. Rumors abound that you cannot plant underneath Black Walnut as the roots release toxins that will poison the plants. I am sure that some plants are sensitive, but the vast majority are not.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Edible fruit

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