Butternut 18-24+" Seedlings

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Butternut 18-24" seedlings

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Juglans cinerea

The Butternut is a beautiful and and slow growing shade tree which is hardy in colder climates.  This tree produces drooping clusters of sweet nuts which are used in baking and loved by wildlife.  Has a distinctive ridged and furrowed bark.  Easier to grow in than Black Walnut in northern areas.  It's a good idea to plant more than one tree for proper pollination.  These are hard to find seedlings, but we have them!

  • Zones
    3 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    40-60' Height and 35-45' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Slow - 6-12" per year
  • Moisture Requirements
    Dry to moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Ray
    Sep 7, 2019, 06:14

    If I plant the butternut tree with white oak trees, Will the juglone affect the Oak trees?

    Sep 9, 2019, 10:32

    Since the White Oak is juglone tolerant, you may plant Butternut (aka White Walnut) and Black Walnut seedlings in the same vicinity.

  • David Ert
    Sep 17, 2018, 08:57

    Is the butternut a relative of black walnut, and if so, does it have the same poisoning effect on (some) neighboring plants?

    Sep 18, 2018, 12:04

    Both are in the Juglandaceae (Walnut) family. Like Juglans nigra (black walnut), Juglans cinerea (butternut) produce a substance called juglone in roots, fruit husks and leaves that is toxic to some plant species. This substance which is very toxic to certain other plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, peonies and solanaceous crops (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes). Most of the toxicity is limited to within the drip line of the tree, but the area of toxicity typically increases outward as the tree matures.

  • Patrick Wood
    Feb 6, 2018, 11:24

    How long will it take Butternut to bear nuts?

    Feb 7, 2018, 10:41

    The Butternut should begin bearing nuts in 7-10 years.

  • Dale Korthauer
    Oct 12, 2017, 09:00

    Are the Butternut seedlings from a canker resistant strain?

    Oct 12, 2017, 13:52

    The Butternut is a pure, native tree seedling. It hasn't any specialized resistance, nor has it been hybridized.

This selection is also known as the White Walnut and the Oilnut.

The Butternut lives up to 75 years old.  Like the Black Walnut, the Butternut tree produces Juglone, a substance which can be harmful to other trees within its root zone.  Juglone can harm or kill some other trees and plants within a 50' radius if the Butternut tree is mature. 

Common uses:

  • Shade tree
  • Sweet, edible nuts are used for baking
  • Butternut fruit is eaten by deer and squirrels
  • Cold hardy alternative to the Black Walnut

Butternut fruit provides food for squirrels and other rodents and the leaves are palatable to white-tailed deer.

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