A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
~Aldo Leopold ~


The Black Walnut is a deciduous hardwood tree found in much of the eastern United States, except in the far south and the far north. Black walnuts have large compound leaves, up to two feet long, with as many as 23 leaflets.

Black Walnut
Photo: Mike Habeck.

Black walnut produces copious quantities of large nuts with fleshy green coats. The steady rain of walnuts from a large tree in the fall can dent vehicles and bruise crania; attempts to peel and open one of the nuts will leave you with stained hands.