Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26 - Black Walnut - Juglans nigra

Black Walnut

The Black Walnut tree can grow up to 100 feet tall. Its bark is dark brown and heavily ridged.  The Walnut develops in a green skinned ball on the tree. When it falls from the tree it turns black. After a few weeks on the ground, the black skin gets rotten and comes off and we are left with a delicious walnut. The walnut is encased in a very hard shell. One can be challenged getting the walnut out of it's shell.

The black walnut’s leaf is 12 to 24 inches and has from 15 to 23 leaflets. Each single leaflet can be 2 to 3 inches long.

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