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Butternut Seed (Juglans cinerea)

Butternut Seed (Juglans cinerea)

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20 seeds stratified in wet sand.

The Butternut is a beautiful canopy and is the hardiest member of the walnut family in colder climates. This tree produces drooping clusters of sweet nuts which are used in baking and loved by wildlife and humans alike. Easier to grow than Black Walnut in northern areas. It's a good idea to plant more than one tree for proper pollination. Butternuts have become endangered due to a fungus wiping out the majority of native populations. Our seedstock comes from trees planted in British Columbia over 40 years ago. It is important to maintain and increase the diversity of Butternut seedlings to find individuals resistant to the canker fungus. 

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Planting Directions

Planting Depth: Plant 1/2" to 1" deep. Mulch with a layer of sawdust.

Nursery Practice: Direct seed to permanent site (risky due to likelihood of critter theft) or the preferred method is planting in air prune bed. Space seed at least 4 inches apart. Do not move live plant until dormant.

Planting Out: Seedlings can be field planted directly or after the 1st year in the home nursery once dormant. Be careful not to break the taproot when digging from the nursery bed.

The Tree

Height at maturity:Up to 30 meters

Hardiness Zone:

Zone 2 for timber Zone 3 for nuts

Water Requirements:

Prefers moist but well drained.

Years to bear:



Prefers full sun


Self Pollinating but plant a friend nearby for better nut set


Prefers rich loamy well drained soil.