Family: Juglandaceae

The Black Walnut tree is a rather common tree in temperate regions.
Ecologically, walnut trees are also indicators of well-drained soils, and they are a
common tree throughout Ohio.

The large alternate compound leaves combined with the chocolate brown outer
bark and the presence of walnuts (on the tree or on the ground) make this tree
relatively easy to identify
Black Walnut trees provide food and shelter for forest-dwelling animals. Squirrels
harvest the nuts while various bird species may construct nests in the canopy.
From a human perspective, Black Walnut trees are one of the most valuable
trees for woodworking and furniture building.


Bark of a Black Walnut Tree
Bark of a Black Walnut Tree

Leaves and Fruit:

A Black Walnut Tree

A Black Walnut Tree

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A special thanks to the students of the Field Botany class at Mount Vernon Nazarene University who wrote the reports on the various kinds of trees found in The Woods. These students include Chandler Cook, Grace Hall, Emily Kauble, Keith Kitchen, Madison Lotz, Kevin Maurer, Christina Norcross, Caroline Phillips, Dakoda Ramsey, Jacob Schott, Emily Smith, and Katelyn Stone.

All photos linked in this Learning Station courtesy of D. Mosher, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Appendix I

Plant surveys were done by the Field Botany class at Mount Vernon Nazarene University during the fall semester of 2016.  A summary of the class surveys for woody plants and herbaceous plants is available.