Butternut Tree

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  1. yockey5

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    Six years ago I planted 12" seedling, and this year one of them has produced nuts. All I have read, tells me that it takes 20 years for the butternut tree to produce?????

    Don
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Just another example of how plants vary. Or it was grafted rather than raised from seed.
     
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    I have six nuts that I would like to plant next year. What should I do to prepare them for planting in the spring?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I'd plant them now.
     
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    I just noticed that you are from Edmonds, Wa.! I have a friend that lives there. He works in the postal office there.

    How deep should I plant the nuts?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Probably not more than 2-3 times their diameter. Do squirrels disperse them? How deep they plant them would be a pretty good indication of what works.
     
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    actually, I recently planted a butternut tree in my yard. I hear they succumb easily to disease. is there anything you can do to prevent this?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The true Butternut Juglans cinerea does, and it is incurable. However, its hybrid with the closely related Japanese Walnut J. ailantifolia (hybrid name Juglans × bixbyi) is resistant to the disease; apparently, many (if not most) of the surviving 'butternuts' are actually this hybrid. I'll see if I can dig out the reference later.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Hybrids between butternut and heartnut are called buartnut.
     

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