Juglans nigra - Black Walnut

Juglans nigra - Black Walnut

Observation - Juglans nigra - Black Walnut. Description: Large, stately tree, very decorative: fruits are as big as tennis balls and are attached sideways on to the stem, singly or in small groups.

Large, stately tree, very decorative: fruits are as big as tennis balls and are attached sideways on to the stem, singly or in small groups. They have a very distinctive sour smell.

Leaves are very long pinnate leaves with lots of "pairs" of leaflets - they are often not quite opposite each other, as can be seen in the first photo, of part of a leaf.

The leaflets themselves are longer and thinner than those of Common Walnut (Juglans regia) which is often found planted along paths and hedgerows.

Books always say that walnuts secrete a chemical which prevents other plants growing around them. This is simply not true, I am constantly weeding under this one (!) and every Common Walnut I have seen in hedgerows etc has the normal undergrowth around it, right up to the trunk.