English Walnut Seedling
English Walnut Seedling

English Walnut Seedling

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Species: Juglans regia

History: English Walnut (aka Persian/Carpathian Walnuts) is native from the Balkans to the Himalayas and China. It possibly originated in Iran and over time has been spread across the world by the Alexander the Great, the Romans, trade along the Silk Road, and British colonizers. In Italy, there were legends of witches gathering under an old English Walnut tree in Benevento to perform sabbats which in turn has inspired works such as the ballet Il Noce de Benevento. Still commonly grown and cultivated today, China is the main producer of commercial walnuts.

Why We Grow It: Although they aren't native like our other walnut trees, English Walnuts are known for being easier to open than Black Walnuts and remain popular for a reason. Our seedlings come a mother tree near Listowel ON, an extra boon when Ontario grown English Walnuts are said to produce sweeter nuts than those from California! The sap can be boiled to make walnut syrup, which tastes very similar to maple syrup but with notes of caramel and butterscotch.

Be mindful of the juglones in the in the roots/nut husks, they are toxic to many other species. They require a buffer of about 50'/30m from the edge of the trees canopy for juglone-sensitive plants. This article from The Garden Hoe has a helpful list of plants that tolerate juglones. However there are recent (2019) studies showing healthy soil high in organic matter and mycorrhizal fungi actually reduce the toxicity of juglones suggesting many plants can grow below juglans species in a healthy ecosystem - it will be interesting to see more study done in this area!

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 6

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but adaptable to different soil types

Growth Habits: Tree reaches 25-35m tall, generally has a short trunk and broad canopy, slow growing

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this tree will produce nuts without a different English Walnut tree present but will produce more and better nuts if one is present    

Ripens: March for syrup, October for nuts

Storage: Nuts keep up to three months in the fridge, syrup can be stored for about a year in the pantry

Recommended Use: Nuts used for fresh eating, cooking or baking, or syrup enjoyed as you would maple syrup. Husks can be used to flavour beer, like hops.

Height not including roots: 

  • 15-30cm
  • 30cm+ 

Nature's Bounty Sale: we had ample seed this year and good germination; due to economy of scale, we can offer 50 pack bundles at 50% off retail value. This cannot be combined with any other deal, and we would appreciate payment by e-transfer or cheque to avoid credit card fees.

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