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Description

Also called japanese walnut

Hardy, productive, and bears early. Tree thrives in a range of soils – from heavy to light. Produces clusters of easy-to-shell, heart-shaped, sweet and meaty nuts high in protein. A stately tree at maturity. Enjoy luxurious and abundant foliage, perfect for shade in the hotter months. Reaches 20-30 feet tall, 20-25 feet wide. Ripens in September. Seedling. For proper pollination, plant two or more heartnut trees, or pollinate with Stark® Bountiful™ Butternut. (Juglans ailantifolia)

Characteristics

Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp/sweet
Texture Crisp Crunchy
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following between 75 - 250' for optimum 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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
smaller than other walnut trees and beautiful shape
Vivian C on Oct 2, 2016
I have a 5 year old daughter and we eat store bought nuts together such as cashews, almonds, pecans, etc. and I thought this would be a great addition to our diet. Not only is it healthy and tasty but it grows in the shape of a heart and I think she will love that aspect also since I'm really getting them for her.
Ronald H on Apr 11, 2016
smaller than other walnut trees and beautiful shape
Vivian C on Oct 2, 2016
I liked it,It's doubled it's growth best tree I ever planted!
george q on May 28, 2016
I have a 5 year old daughter and we eat store bought nuts together such as cashews, almonds, pecans, etc. and I thought this would be a great addition to our diet. Not only is it healthy and tasty but it grows in the shape of a heart and I think she will love that aspect also since I'm really getting them for her.
Ronald H on Apr 11, 2016
I chose heartnuts because of reading about them, and think they will be flavored like a cross between hickory nuts and pecans and shell out pretty easy .
Mike L on Mar 23, 2016
I liked it,It's doubled it's growth best tree I ever planted!
george q on May 28, 2016
I chose heartnuts because of reading about them, and think they will be flavored like a cross between hickory nuts and pecans and shell out pretty easy .
Mike L on Mar 23, 2016

Customer Reviews

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So much better tasting than any other walnut.
My trees aren't mature enough to produce yet, but I've tasted heartnuts. Unlike other walnuts, there is absolutely no bitterness or bitter aftertaste. Just a pure walnut taste. They open like a locket with just a hammer tap on the edge... and the meat often comes out in one piece. You need to plant two trees for proper pollination. But if I remember correctly, heartnut trees are smaller than many nut trees.

I've loved Stark's for years. In general, their trees (of all types) are always better quality than ones I've ordered from other sources. It can be quite a dramatic difference in size and health.

In the rare cases I have had a problem, they do stand by their replacement policies. You get what you pay for with Stark's so don't hesitate to order from them.
May 10, 2016
no output above the graft
on the tree I received, the first year it had output of leaves all over the tree. But the second year, it only put out buds below the graft.
June 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Heart nut results
Both trees didn't survive the first winter. They were too small to start with. Don't think they were well established enough. I will not be trying them again.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love it
I bought this tree 4 years ago. I was planning on removing all of the black walnut trees because I detest the taste. The second year we harvested 18 nuts; third year at least 100 nuts; this year too many little nuts starting out to count. We didn't cut down the black walnuts because we decided they were at least giving shade...good thing because....the butternut we bought to pollinate the heart nut has never had buds or nuts. Those black walnuts are apparently doing the job. Love this tree; grew fast; produced fast and gives good shade. Really tasty nuts too. Cool 3 D heartshape; looks good in variety Christmas nut baskets, etc.
May 7, 2017
Heartnut
Slow starting but once it starts it grows very well.
September 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Heartnut Trees
I am so excited about my purchase of the Heartnut Trees. Sadly one of the trees died. But I am thrilled the other one us alive. And I am anxious to get another one. It will be so exciting to some day see the trees produce heart shape nuts to enjoy.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love them
All three are planted and leafing out just great. I wish you had more.
May 11, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Love the tree, can't wait for the tree to give us nuts.
February 25, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Heartnut for the Heartland.
I started growing the Heartnut tree around 5 years ago. Have had a couple die on me the second year (Nashville TN area). Waiting for nuts.,
May 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing well
The 3 heartnut trees I purchased from Stark grew about 4 feet the first year and survived the winter 5a (Palo,IA) fine. Too early to tell how many will bear heartnuts vs revert back to Japanese walnuts.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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