Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30 - Butternut Tree - Juglans cinera

Butternut leaves and catkins by Dean Gulstad
The Butternut Tree.  Photo by Dean Gulstad.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mixedmetaphor/5761828605/

The Butternut tree is in the same family as the Walnut tree, the Juglan family.  The Butternut tree has compound, alternate leaves, that have 11 - 17 or so leaflets.  There is an end leaflet on each leaf and the underside of these leaflets are fuzzy.   The oily, delicious nuts are an important food source for many small mammals.

Noyer cendré 03-B by Paupaulo
Noyer cendré 03-B, a photo by Paupaulo on Flickr.

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