BUTTERNUT (Juglans cinerea)


Native from Southern Canada to Mid South, butternut trees are becoming scarce in the wild. Grafted trees bear in 2 to 3 years, producing egg shaped nuts that hang in clusters of 3 to 7. Kernels are among the best flavored of all nuts with a characteristic buttery flavor. Trees reach 40-60′ high and should be spaced 20-30′ apart. Orchard trees assume a spreading habit and do best if well fertilized.

AYERS —MI . Medium-sized nut; cracks out whole halves, late vegetating, good foliage, 23% kernel.

BUCKLEY IA . Largest nut (25 grams). Early vegetating. 17% kernel. Selected for easy cracking.

CHAMBERLIN NY. 1967. Extremely hardy clone producing large nuts with medium shell thickness.

CRAXEZY MI. 1934. Medium-sized nuts; cracks easily; good producer, early vegetating.

CREIGHTON PA. 1944. Medium sized nuts,  usually cracks out whole halves. Leafs out late.

MOREHEAD #1   KY.  2000.  Selected from the Morehead Kentucky Forest District for resistance to the butternut canker disease.

MY JOY PA. Selected by John Hershey in the 1930’s for its good nut qualities.  

Other varieties sometimes available: Beckwith, Berea, Booth,  New Discovery

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