Black Walnut

    Black Walnut


    Scientific Name: XXX
    Common Name: XXX
    Plant Family: Juglandaceae (Walnut family)

    Etymology: XXX

    Indigenous Uses


    Edible Parts


    Permaculture Functions and Considerations 




    How to Identify


    Black walnut bark


    Wildlife Support



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    Web Sources

    Juglans nigra

    Planting Considerations

    • Height: XXX ft
    • Spread: XXX ft
    • Growth rate: XXX
    • Sun: XXX
    • Bloom: XXX
    • Attracts: XXX
    • Tolerates: XXX
    • Drawbacks: XXX
    • Soil moisture: XXX
    • Soil texture: XXX
    • Soil pH: XXX

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