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Butternut vs Black Cherry

Juglans cinerea

Prunus serotina

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Butternut
Black Cherry

Butternut is one of the few walnut varieties native to Canada. The nuts are sought after for their mild, sweet, and oily taste. Ensure this tree is planted in full sun and well-drained soil for best results.

Butternut is self-fertile but it has better yields when planted near other butternuts. It can survive in zone 2, but reliably produces nuts in zone 3.

Want a large order (over 500 trees) of Butternut? Ask us about contract grows and get the best prices for our 2019 harvest!

Black Cherry is common in eastern North America but a rare find elsewhere. This tree is shade tolerant and is often found in old fields, forest openings, and along fencerows.

The fruit is used to flavor rum and brandy. It is also edible and often eaten raw or used in wine or jelly.

Black Cherry wood is a rich reddish-brown color and is strong, making it valued in cabinetry and woodworking. It is often used in reclamation as well.

The leaves can poison livestock as they contain cyanide derivatives and precursors. However, many have noted that deer still seem to browse their trees with impunity and birds and other animals eat the fruit when available.

BUTTERNUT QUICK FACTS

BLACK CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Spread: 8 m (27 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Nuts: brown shell with cream core starting around age 10
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: bark and wilted leaves toxic to livestock

Other Names: demon walnut, oilnut, white walnut
Other Names: mountain black cherry, wild cherry, wild rum cherry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no