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American Butternut Tree

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🧬Scientific Name: Juglans cinerea

🗺️USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-7

Butternut is a medium to large deciduous tree that can reach a height of 40-60 feet (12-18 m) and a spread of 40-75 feet (12-23 m). The foliage of Butternut is deciduous and pinnately compound, with 11-17 oblong-lanceolate leaflets that turn yellow in the fall.

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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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Plant Summary

Key Information for American Butternut Tree (Juglans cinerea):

  • 📏Size: Butternut is a medium to large deciduous tree that can reach a height of 40-60 feet (12-18 m) and a spread of 40-75 feet (12-23 m).
  • 🍂Foliage: The foliage of Butternut is deciduous and pinnately compound, with 11-17 oblong-lanceolate leaflets that turn yellow in the fall.
  • 🌼Flowers & Fruit: In late spring to early summer, Butternut produces greenish-yellow, catkin-like flowers that are inconspicuous. The flowers are followed by oblong, green fruits that mature to brown in the fall. The edible nuts are enclosed in a thick, woody shell and have a distinctive, sweet flavor.
  • ↕️Growth Habit: Butternut has a broad, rounded crown with irregularly spreading branches.
  • ☀️Sunlight: Butternut thrives in full sun and prefers open, sunny sites.
  • 🪨Soil: Butternut prefers well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, but can tolerate a range of soil types.
  • 🗺️Hardiness: Butternut is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 7.
  • 🧪pH Level: Butternut prefers a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH between 5.0 and 7.0.
  • 🌳Pruning: Pruning of Butternut should be done in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. Remove any dead or damaged branches, as well as any crossing or rubbing branches. Thin out the canopy to improve air circulation and allow more sunlight to reach the interior of the tree.
  • 🐛Pests & Disease: Butternut is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including walnut caterpillars, walnut husk flies, walnut aphids, root rot, and leaf spot. Regular monitoring and proper tree care can help to prevent and manage these issues.
Pollination Information

Pollination of American Butternut Tree (Juglans cinerea):

Butternut flowers are monoecious, meaning they have separate male and female flowers on the same tree. The male catkins release pollen, which is carried by the wind to the female flowers for pollination. Once pollinated, the female flowers develop into oblong fruits containing the edible nuts. Butternut nuts are a popular choice for baking and cooking, with a flavor similar to that of black walnut but milder and sweeter. Butternut trees are important for forest ecosystems, providing food and habitat for wildlife, including birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. Unfortunately, Butternut trees are under threat from butternut canker disease, which has devastated many populations. Efforts are ongoing to breed disease-resistant varieties and conserve the genetic diversity of this valuable tree species.



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During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

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Why Buy From Us?

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