The Poor Man's Walnut and the Rich Man's Walnut


The butternut, also known as the white walnut, is our most common species of the walnut family. In fact, it's the only one widely distributed in the province. The butternut prefers growing in light shade provided by sugar maples. We call it the poor man's walnut because its wood is weak and relatively light. Butternut wood has little commercial value, serving only in molding, inexpensive furniture, and toys.

The walnut seen in cabinet work and especially in veneer is the black walnut. It's the rich man's walnut and one of the most coveted native hardwoods in North America. Hard, heavy, strong, and durable, black walnut produces a magnificent dark-brown finish. It is used in luxury furniture and boats as well as in veneer for pianos. Black walnut grows to an impressive 89 feet (27 metres).

Its delicious nuts are a favorite of squirrels and man.

Leaves, alternate, compound and toothed.