Black Walnut

Scientific Name: Juglans nigra

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

  • One of the most valuable hardwoods, prized for fine woodwork, grows upward to 100 feet 
  • Leaves are compound with 15 or more finely toothed leaflets
  • Dark colored bark becoming deeply furrowed
  • Fruit is an edible nut housed in a two inch green husk that turns black and stains when handled
  • Strong, rich-grained wood is in demand for cabinets, gun stocks and furniture; wildlife and people eat the sweet nuts

Fun Fact: Roots produce juglone which inhibits growth or kills roots of neighboring plants


Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail

  • TREE #8 = 28 inch diameter
  • TREE #21 = 19 inch diameter


Continue the Tree Tour!

This tour was created in partnership with:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Society of American Foresters – Mountain Lakes Chapter
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Alabama A&M Forestry & Ecology Center