Emma K Black Walnut
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Make sure you have your nutcracker handy with Emma Kay Walnuts, as their nuts tend to be on the larger side. Known for being a prolific grower and heavy producer of walnuts.
Black walnut are large trees maturing to 70-100 feet tall! The wood is prized throughout the world for its beautiful color, strength, and durability. Their nuts are strong in flavor and have the highest content of protein! Growing best in deep fertile soil, Black walnut trees tend to be very cold tolerant and can outlive us all while still producing nuts beyond 50 years! Plant these legendary trees in your landscape today, and enjoy their handsome architecture and delicious nuts for you and the wildlife to enjoy!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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For many people, Black Walnut is prized most of all for its heavy, dark, beautifully grained heartwood. It has become so valuable for furniture, cabinets, gunstocks, and veneer that most of the grand old specimens have been cut down… either by their owners or by poachers. “Walnut rustlers” have been known to steal mature walnut trees by cutting them down and air-lifting them out with helicopters. Pioneers destroyed many a tree in their day, too, often without a thought to the fine lumber they were wasting. They used the wood for railway ties, split-rail fences, and—gasp—firewood.
Edible and shade tree potential, Emma K is a multifunctional tree in the landscape. During the spring and summer, grab a good book, your picnic basket, and enjoy the wide canopy that Emma has to offer to escape the hot sun. As the hot summer turns to the cooler fall, watch as Emma's leaves turn a lovely yellow, and the walnuts begin to ripen. You'll want to pick the sweet, easy-to-shell walnuts and use them for fresh eating and baking; how about baking up some sticky buns with walnuts on top?
Height: 70-80 ft
Width: 50-60 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Foliage: Dark Green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
How to Grow
Black Walnut is not hard to grow in most sunny sites, but it performs particularly well in deep, fertile, moist, well-drained soils. In such a site, it can grow surprisingly fast. Many people hesitate to plant Black Walnut because they’ve been told that the chemicals it contains kill many other plants growing nearby. The science seems to indicate that this is largely a myth. You’ll want to be sure to plant your tree well away from walkways, pools, and patios, however. The nuts, encased in a thick husk, are large and heavy, and you don’t want to be under them when they fall.
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