Butternut (White Walnut)


Butternuts were the favorite baking nut of my grandmother. She used to tell stories about using these nuts and she missed them not being available on our farm the last quarter of her life. The last one died on our farm probably 25 years ago, but I will be planting some myself. My uncle’s farm has 2 trees on it, but the squirrels are in heavy competition for these nuts.

  • Sun preference: Full sun of at least 6 hours per day; however they do grow in more shade.
  • Mature Height: around 40-60 tall but there have been reports of a few trees growing to 100 feet.
  • Mature spread: 35 to 50 ft.
  • Harvest: in October. Often bears nuts in 7-10 years.
  • Pollination: They are self fertile, but they do better with another tree for pollination.
  • Soil preference: acid or alkaline; loamy, sandy or clay; wet, normal or well drained.