* Leaves opposite compound, 12-24", with 7-17 toothed, narrow leaflets.
The single end leaflet is usually absent. Crushed leaves have a spicy
* Bark dark, not shiny, with deep grooves.
* Nuts large, in a spherical husk.
* Flowers catkins.
* Height: 70-100'.
* Flowers April - June.
* Fruits October - November.
* Habitat: Woodlands.
* Range: Eastern North America.
* Black walnut is highly valued for its beauty, strength, durability,
and ease of working. It is made into veneers, cabinets, and gunstocks,
among other things. Unfortunately, the value placed on the trees has
resulted in their near extermination in some parts of North America.
* An old black walnut tree can yield up to 90,000 square feet
of 1/28" thick wood veneer, which is used to decorate furniture.
The veneer is prized because of the beautiful and intricate patterns,
resembling feathers and flames, in the wood's grain.
* Black walnut husks contain toxins and were once used to kill
fish...until that illustrious practice became illegal. The toxins
are so powerful that tomatoes, apples, and some other species
cannot grow near large black walnut trees.