Stark® Bountiful™ Butternut

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Also called white walnut

A prolific grower and bearer! This impressive variety yields bountiful crops of mild-flavored nuts that are easy to shell and perfect for eating fresh or baking. Bears in 2-3 years. Matures to be 40-50' tall. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late August to late September. Grafted. Self-pollinating. (Juglans cinerea)

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late August To September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Buttery, Sweet & Mild
Texture Tender Kernel
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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 - 50' tall x 40 - 50' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 40 - 50' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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It's unusual, and I only have the native ones.
Margo S on Jan 19, 2021
I heard they make great cookies
S N on Sep 16, 2020
It's unusual, and I only have the native ones.
Margo S on Jan 19, 2021
I love nuts. Butternut doesn't seem to be commercially available so I thought I'd try it. If I like it, I'll plant more.
Betty M on Jan 4, 2021
I heard they make great cookies
S N on Sep 16, 2020
Flavor and ease of growth description.
MARLIL L on Oct 30, 2016
I want a cold hardy good flavored nut.
Larry H on May 23, 2016
Have wanted to order the larger size for years but always miss out as item sold out. Remember picking up nuts around trees as a kid, but can't find trees around anymore...
Don D on Mar 21, 2016
I love nuts. Butternut doesn't seem to be commercially available so I thought I'd try it. If I like it, I'll plant more.
Betty M on Jan 4, 2021
Flavor and ease of growth description.
MARLIL L on Oct 30, 2016
Are these trees resistant to Butternut Canker disease?
Gary on Sep 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to the USDA and Forest Service, currently no butternut selections are available that have known canker resistance. Research into this is ongoing. This variety does show resistance to anthracnose and "witches' broom disease".
Do heart nuts and butternut trees put out hydrojuglone like black walnut trees do?
L.H. H on Jul 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Any tree of the Juglans genus (black walnut, butternut, English walnut, etc.) can produce juglone in varying amounts. If you are worried about toxicity to other plants, consider that shading caused by the stately canopies of these walnut trees is also problematic, so it's best to plant other plants and trees away from and out from under these trees.
what is the proper way to harvest butternut walnuts?
Joyce E on Aug 16, 2017
We treat them just like we do black or English walnuts.
We let them ripen on the tree. When they fall we gather them up
And let the hulls dry. When they dry we tear off the hulls and let the nuts
Dry just a little more. Then we crack them. It's a little labor intensive but
They are great.
will this tree do well in my hot and dry oklahoma summers ?
r b on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It should do fine in your growing zone. Be mindful to keep an eye on the moisture level for the first year or so and water the tree adequately if/when you have a dry spell.
My soil is alkaline & clay. What are the chances of a walnut thriving?
Darrel R on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine are doing fabulously in this exact soil. They are 2 years old and at least 10 feet tall. They have really taken off.
do you ship to canada ?
Darren H on Jan 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.
Your tree size says 6" too 3'. ASnythingn less than 2 ft will not survive. What is the actual size of a delivered tree?
Geoff A on Nov 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Our shipping size varies, these are potted growing trees and they range from 1.6 feet to 3 feet tall at shipping.
can you grow a butternut tree from a seed?
reed c on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, certainly but I so not recommend it as the quality of seed grown trees is often inferior to grafted stock and the age to bearing is often much longer. Highly recommend buying a grafted variwty

Customer Reviews

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You would laugh at me.
My little Butternut tree-ling put on leaves 2 week after planting but they looked droopy like the little tree may not be getting enough water. So I watered, and watered and watered it. It put on more and more leaves but they still looked droopy. Not being able to figure out why, I did some research and low and behold I found out that is how the leaves of a Butternut grow. It survived thru our Montana winter and is thriving this spring. I would recommend the Bountiful Butternut from Stark Brothers to anyone who is looking for a hardy nut tree.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Quite pleased with Stark's Bountiful Butternut
The butternut is vigorous and growing very well. I've been quite pleased with bare root trees that I've purchased from Stark Bros.
May 27, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sturdy stock
Received our Butternut tree in time for our growing season. It is growing hardily and has leaves already! Looking forward to watching it grow. The tree we received was thick and hardy. Always can trust Starks to send the best quality!
May 4, 2016
over 7 years ago
We had a freeze on May 14th and it lost all its leaves as the temperature fell to 27degrees. It's now sending out new buds.
May 27, 2016
I planted this tree about 2 months ago, and it is flowering this year! Amazing!
April 30, 2017
Thriving in it's second year
The tree was slow to bud in it's first year and I thought it might be a bust, but it showed some green and in this second season it is doing well. It appears to be slow growing so not certain how long it will take to get some nuts.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Butternut review
I purchased a butternut for the 2016 season, it was smallest and the last of the trees I received last year to produce leaves and grew the least (only about 10 to 12 inches). I fed and watered it regularly and it appeared healthy but it didn't grow as quickly as the apple and pecan trees I received at the same time. I don't have any experience with butternuts so I don't know if it is typical. This spring it along with the other Stark Bros. trees I purchased were the first to leaf out and the butternut bloomed and produced a single catkin. A neighboring forester told me he has never seen a butternut so short produce flowers or catkins. It is growing great this year. I purchased a second this year and it leafed out quicker and has overtaken last years tree in height. I believe these trees will grow very will this year. All of my trees are in cages to protect them from deer in our area.
May 22, 2017
over 5 years ago
This was a nice tree
I was happy with this tree, it seems to be growing nicely. It came in good condition
May 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Hope the deer and bears like them
Have had this in the ground and all is well. Plant arrived happy and healthy and is doing well through this Spring. The one I put in last year is also doing well. Had to cage them as the deer will browse and horn them. Hopefully in a few years it will be bearing well. Just like my other trees from Stark.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago