Black Walnut Seedling

Item #0687, Bare-root. Ships 1 - 2' tall.
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Shade trees with earning potential! Enjoy magnificent shade from this renewable asset, featuring valuable, highly prized walnut lumber. Perfect as a way to beautify open areas or as an investment. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. One-year-old seedling bears in 4-7 years. Ripens in early October. For nut production, space 40 feet apart; for lumber, space 10 feet apart. Requires another seedling or a grafted walnut for proper pollination.

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Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.0
Taste Good
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 40 - 60' tall x 40 - 60' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 40 - 60' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 75 - 250' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow walnut trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Tasty and great forage
Kathy M on Mar 11, 2021
have little shade on my 9 acers i might not see them mature but my grand kids will
kevin c on Feb 13, 2021
Tasty and great forage
Kathy M on Mar 11, 2021
Starting a permaculture area
James U on Feb 22, 2021
have little shade on my 9 acers i might not see them mature but my grand kids will
kevin c on Feb 13, 2021
A gift for my son in law for his birthday
Robin G on May 15, 2020
Been wanting to grow these
Jeff H on May 15, 2020
conservation planting
Marlin Gregerson A on May 15, 2020
Great wood. Best walnut flavor. Long term value
Ian M on May 13, 2020
I was looking for a way to plant
But trees inexpensively.
Steve P on May 4, 2020
Coming from Iowa, I've enjoyed Black Walnuts since childhood. I've seen mature black walnut trees growing about 35miles from where I live. I hope these will grow where I live in zone 9B. Let you know in a year.
Susan R on Apr 19, 2020
Love walnuts and have the property to grow. Will buy more in future as timber harvest continues.
Ace on Mar 23, 2020
I bought one 5 years ago and it did wonderful, had walnuts on the 3rd year and double the output every year since. N0t many walnut trees in Colorado. Brings us much joy
STEVE D on Jan 27, 2020
Flavor, appearance, wood.
ROBERT Y on Oct 31, 2019
Excellent nut tree to have!!
Floyd on Sep 17, 2019
I chose these to enhance my property for wildlife, diversity, and high value timber if ever needed someday.
Joseph L on Apr 28, 2018
I chose this to plant for future generations of woodworkers. I am enjoying working with black walnut that was passed down to me. It's my turn to pay forward.
Michael S on Feb 24, 2017
Nut and lumber production
W Blaine E on Apr 8, 2016
Moms suggestion
joseph m on Mar 24, 2016
I ordered ten of these because they are easier to crack than the wild black walnuts I find around here. Black walnuts are tops in taste and produce excellent timber. I also ordered one of each of your grafted type for the same reason.
Jeff on Mar 14, 2016
Starting a permaculture area
James U on Feb 22, 2021
A gift for my son in law for his birthday
Robin G on May 15, 2020
Is this the type of walnut which is extremely hard to crack open?
Vicki D on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not too hard to crack when you let your car tires run over them for hull removal. Patience is the key. Once the hulls have dried (they green hull blackens as it dries out) and rubs off under your tire wheels) and rubbed off, then it's time to crack open the shell. My dad gave me a long handled countertop vice but cracker. Does not require a lot of strength at all to crack open each nut. A hammer and a brick work well too! Then picking out the nutmeats begins...again patience is required. It's a process but so worth it!
Is this tree pollinated by a Carpathian Walnut Tree? What are its known pollinator trees? Thank you!
Jenise C on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These seedlings, which are often purchased together (mostly for lumber in lieu of nut production), will cross-pollinate one another. Black walnut trees are partially self-fertile, but will develop fuller kernels if cross-pollinated. If the Carpathian trees shed pollen at the same time the black walnut seedlings are receptive to it in your location, then they should work together. However, it may be more reliable to stick with another black walnut tree for cross-pollination. It's also important to know that wind is responsible for carrying the pollen between trees, so the pollinator tree can be much further away (beyond even a quarter mile) from your tree and still do the trick as long as the bloom times overlap.
Does anyone know how deep to plant a black walnut seedling? The 'crown' is curved above the tap root and I need to know if it remains above soil level or below the soil. I thought the curved crown was suppose to stay above ground, but not sure. PLEASE HELP!
Linda P on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted 10 seedlings a year ago all with the crown above the soil about an inch or so and all did quite well.
So to clarify, the seedings pollinate each other? As long as you have more than one?
Sharon M on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is correct. You will get the best result by planting the seedlings 40' apart.
What exactly constitutes a seedling, how large are they and how are they shipped? In a mass bundle or individually, are they bare root or potted?
trish d on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Currently these are in ez starts pots, shipping size is 1.5-3 feet tall and they are individual plants.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will a black walnut pollinate a white walnut ?
henry a on May 7, 2020
do i mulch walnut trees in winter,if so how?
rhonda p on Jun 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 5b Colorado. I mulched them fairly heavily when I planted them last spring because we are fairly dry here. I left it for winter. They came back nicely this spring. Hope that helps.
Does this tree have the green casings on the fruit?
kathy on Nov 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Black walnuts do have a thick green husk over the shell. Here are a couple easy ways to rid the nuts of these husks. Some people toss the nuts out on a gravel driveway and drive over them. This can work of your driveway is not too hard. What I do is to lay the nuts out on the lawn and allow the husks to decompose for several days and then peel them off while wearing rubber gloves. The husks will stain your hands.
I notice this is a 10 pack which I am assuming is 10 seedlings. It says we need a cross pollinator, will these seedlings pollinate one another or do I need a different variety of walnut? If so what will be compatible to zone 4a? THANKS!
Maryan M on Mar 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The seedlings will pollinate one another.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what type of soil is best for plant/tree ?
Pete M on Sep 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They do best when planted in a loamy base soil with a a neutral soil pH.
I want to purchase a black walnut tree for my kids anniversary. How big is the tree to purchase? They live near Ashville NC.
Denise H on Sep 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. these are shipped in our EZ Start??. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start?? Pot.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What would be a good pollinators for my zone 4?
Rosalyn D on Jul 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can just plant two of these, or we would recommend Burbank Royal, a tried-and-true variety:
Does walnuts grow in kenya?
Mathew K on Sep 20, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Planted the trees last year and all 10 of them are doing beautifully. I am very satisfied with there trees. Only problem is the local deer must like the taste of them. I have to keep a fence around them till they get bigger or the deer would eat them.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Best BW trees in the PNW
Delivery and packaging was outstanding! Order was for a dozen black walnut starts. I received one EXTRA sapling. They are all in the ground and thriving! Healthy plants, great service! We highly recommend Stark's Bro's!! Thank you! There is a happy Midwest girl in the Pacific Northwest waiting for her black walnuts to mature! ??????????
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
1 out of 3 lived
Seedlings that lived look good. KS weather is extreme. We go from wet to dry. I planted 3 to hole and have one in each that survived the fall and winter so I am happy. The birds have already claimed them so hopefully they will grow and live to be old trees.
June 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Growing nicely
This is their 2nd season in the ground. Zone 5 Colorado. All are growing nicely with minimal care.
July 4, 2019
over 3 years ago
Bundle of 10 bare root Black Walnut
I purchased the bare root Black Walnuts in Spring of 2017 and all but one are doing great. I stepped on the one that didn't make it. Oops! I'm looking forward to the delicious walnuts and beautiful wood these trees will provide in years to come.
May 11, 2018
over 3 years ago
Slow start
Thought 2 of the 3 were dead because the 3rd started fast & fine,, but eventually they all kicked up and are now doing fine.
June 19, 2017
over 4 years ago
only purchased 10 for the spring of 2016. the whips arrived in good order and I planted them in vented tubes.They all appear to have survived this past cold and prolonged Montana winter.
May 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
loved the seedlings! are you going to keep selling them?
loved the seedlings. are you going to keep selling them? best tree sellers around, never had trouble with these folks!
May 2, 2019
over 3 years ago
Doing great in SE Ga.
My young walnut was planted 14 months ago and bloomed out well this spring. It is doing great.
May 10, 2017
over 5 years ago
Walnut tree babies
I am delighted with my baby walnuts I ordered last year! They are live and doing well! Starting with quality babies from stark bros was the right choice. Thanks again!
May 3, 2017
over 5 years ago