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Black Walnut vs Northern Gooseberry

Juglans nigra

Ribes oxyacanthoides

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Black Walnut
Northern Gooseberry

The Black Walnut is a slow growing, large, straight-stemmed tree with an open crown. It produces dense, very hard, edible nuts.

Black Walnut has a deeply-furrowed, black bark. Its leaves are about 1 foot long, composed of 15 - 23 slightly stalked leaflets on a moderately stout stock which provide good dappled shade.

Despite being highly valued for its edible nuts and its shade tree aesthetics, it is rare to see this tree on the prairies.

Note: Black Walnut's roots produce a substance named juglone that is toxic to some other plants. Consider this when choosing where you plant a black walnut, as you will not be able to grow tomato, potato, cabbage, eggplant, blueberry, azalea, rhododendron, lilac, red pine and apple in the surrounding area.

Note: plant this tree once. It will not respond well to transplanting.

Note: Although self-pollinating, planting two trees significantly improves nut production.

Northern Gooseberry is a small, ornamental quality native shrub with prickly stems. You can plant it anywhere you'd plant Prickly Rose or Common Wild Rose, such as your yard.

Most people find Northern Gooseberry berries a bit tart for significant fresh eating but they are good for baking, wine or jam.

BLACK WALNUT QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN GOOSEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 14 m (45 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: purple or purplish black
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: american walnut
Other Names: canada gooseberry, canadian gooseberry


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Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
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