At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Juglandaceae
Latin Name: Juglans nigra
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: May to June
Shape: Oval to rounded crown
Bark: Medium brown with thick ridges
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 100 to 75 feet
Spread: 100 to 75 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

A rugged, deciduous, and mighty giant of a tree, the Black Walnut has been hailed as one of the most scarce and most coveted hardwoods native to North America. It is composed of exceptionally strong and dense wood (especially its dark heartwood) which is prized and capitalized for furniture, veneer, gunstocks, and lumber—so much so that these trees are sometimes reported stolen. Since colonial times, this specimen has served as a protective and accommodating ally to our pioneering forefathers, providing strong lumber, ample shade, edible nuts, and even an inky dye that can be drawn from its husks.

Rearing up to an impressive height between 75-100 ft. with a respective 75-100 ft. span, the majestic Black Walnut’s thickly ridged brown branches lift its dense round-crested canopy to the heavens. With a 4-9 hardiness zone rating, this tree thrives in medium, well-drained soils and prefers access to direct full sun. Native to eastern North America, the Black Walnut can be found in forests and in open upland areas, reigning as a dominant specimen that has even proven to be allelopathic (its roots produce a toxic substance known as juglone, which drastically interferes with the growth of other nearby plants); if cultivated in a yard or landscape, it’s best planted at a respectful distance from other trees and shrubs. In general, the Black Walnut requires little maintenance.

Juglans Nigra, as it is scientifically classified, belongs to the Juglandaceae family. The species’ leaves are alternate, deep green, and broad. From May to June, the Black Walnut’s yellowish-green catkins bloom in clusters of 2-5, later giving way to brownish-green fruits which are shaped and colored like tennis balls, peeking between the tree’s golden autumn foliage. These large and heavy nuts are fervently consumed by squirrels if not harvested by humans, and they tumble from the Black Walnut in early autumn; they are actually large and heavy enough to prove hazardous to anyone standing beneath them on a windy day or when ripe!

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