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Black Walnut Trees Are Not Your Enemy

By foraygardengirl
December 26, 2014

Trees are valuable and beautiful assets to the environment and to any landscape, and black walnut trees are no exception. They are lovely trees that provide delicious and nutritious nuts and one of the most valuable hardwoods. They are allelopathic, however, and many gardeners avoid them or get rid of them.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 26, 2014 8:40 PM CST
The last pic would be a great multi-plant pic! (if you haven't done it already)

Great article, with lots of good info! Thanks for sharing! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Dec 26, 2014 9:32 PM CST
Thanks Marilyn. It might be posted already...I will check.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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frostweed
Dec 27, 2014 8:52 AM CST
Excellent article, thank you for the list of juglone tolerant plants. Smiling
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hazelnut
Dec 27, 2014 9:26 AM CST
When I moved on to my 3 acre property here in west Alabama, there was black walnut tree in the back yard just south of my kitchen. Believing the mythology that the black walnut would poison anything I planted in my back yard, I had the tree cut down. I gave the basketball hoop attached to the trunk of the tree to the guy who cut the tree down. There had not been a boy living on my property for more than 50 years, so the walnut certainly was a venerable tree. And in the South, a mature deciduous shade tree of any kind would be welcome in the sweltering hot summers. And the walnuts would have provided some diversity to the several pecans that are also in my back yard.

As I learned more and more about juglone, I regretted cutting the tree. I didn't even salvage the lumber from the 100+ old walnut tree which would be very valuable.

So thank you for posting this article. Perhaps some black walnut tree, will be spared from the fate of mine. Juglone tolerance is also discussed in Gaia's Garden, by permaculture writer Toby Hemenway.


Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Dec 27, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Thanks to all for the thumbs up. Hazelnut, sorry to hear about your tree. I might honestly have done the same thing if I had known right off that I had black walnut trees. Fortunately I started gardening with some success before I knew what they were. And thanks for the additional reference too!
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KyWoods
Dec 28, 2014 2:50 PM CST
Thanks for the work you did making such an extensive list of plants!

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