Butternut Tree

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American Butternut Tree - Northern Ridge Nursery

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Butternut - A Delight to Behold

Why Butternut?

The butternut tree belongs to the walnut family and is a small to medium-sized tree that can grow up to 40–60' tall and has a massive spread of 35–50' at maturity. Its majestic size and alluring beauty make it the perfect addition to your garden and ensure you have plenty of shade available.


The light-colored wood has a natural golden luster and is extensively used for making furniture, hard-carved wall panels, altars, decorations, and interior woodwork. It is often stocked at lumber yards because of its limited cutting annually.


Butternuts are slow-growing trees and seldom live longer than 76 years. It prefers acidic, alkaline, moist, loamy, well-drained wet and clay soils and direct sunlight for at least 6 hours daily.


Juglans cinerea starts bearing nuts 7 to 10 years after planting. The nuts have a sweet, buttery flavor and are used for baking, confections, and fresh eating.


Pollination: Self-fertile but requires wind to pollinate

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