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Juglandaceae -- Walnut family

    Robert D. Williams

    Black walnut (Juglans nigra), also called eastern black  walnut and American walnut, is one of the scarcest and most  coveted native hardwoods. Small natural groves frequently found  in mixed forests on moist alluvial soils have been heavily  logged. The fine straight-grained wood made prize pieces of solid  furniture and gunstocks. As the supply diminishes, the remaining  quality black walnut is used primarily for veneer. The  distinctive tasting nuts are in demand for baked goods and ice  cream, but people must be quick to harvest them before the  squirrels. The shells are ground for use in many products.

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Robert D. Williams

Source: Silvics of North America

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