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Deciduous, Edible fruit, Trees


Usually large and spreading; leaves are divided into many leaflets and have a featherlike appearance. Bear oval or round nuts enclosed in a fleshy husk. English walnut is a well-known orchard tree (see Walnut). American native species such as black walnut are sometimes planted as shade trees (with a bonus of edible nuts) or used as an understock for grafting English walnut.


Native to eastern North America, butternut trees grow 50–60 ft. tall and 40–50 ft. wide. Butternut resembles black walnut (Juglans nigra), but the tree is smaller, leaves have fewer leaflets, and the flavorful nuts are elongated or oval instead of round.

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