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Black Walnut Tree

A gorgeous giant of native trees, black walnuts (Juglans nigra) are easy to spot from far away with their furrowed, black bark, and their stout twig pattern.  Both these features make them easily recognized in the winter when their beautiful, black bones make a distinctive presentation.  I like to call these three Baker Park trees, “The Three Sisters,” and I hope you get to see them in the winter, when I believe they are at their most beautiful.  

Black walnut was often used in the Colonial Era as an indicator species.  Landowners would send out scouts to see if black walnut was growing on a prospective land purchase.  If it were, this would indicate the land was fertile and worth a higher purchase price.  The mild-tasting walnuts you buy in the store are English walnuts unless specifically labeled black walnuts, which have a much stronger flavor. 

Photo courtesy of Dawnelle Dione 
This tree can be found at coordinates:   39°24'55.1"N 77°25'19.7"W

Article by Bethany Dell'Agnello, FCFCDB Member
Nature note for 8/11/2019