Very Large Healthy Butternut in Kanata

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wrecsvp
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Very Large Healthy Butternut in Kanata

Post by wrecsvp » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:27 pm

Hi everyone,
I am happy to report this big and healthy-looking Butternut (Juglans cinerea) at Hewitt Park in Kanata, found with fellow tree-hunter Janet Mason on Sunday March 3rd. This tree showed little if any cankering, a full and very widespreading dominant crown in a ~ old mixed Thuja lowland, with a CBH of 107" (34" avg. diameter). It is reasonably tall but what is notable to me is the spread of the crown and the lack of cankering. I fairly often see healthy mature Butternuts, and large/old butternuts, but not often the combination of healthy and old/large like here. I will return to measure crown spread and height probably later in 2019 if I remember, and post a followup
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Re: Very Large Healthy Butternut in Kanata

Post by Erik Danielsen » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:09 pm

Beautiful tree, glad to hear it looks healthy. Does Juglans nigra also range up that way or does J. cinerea hang on further north?

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Re: Very Large Healthy Butternut in Kanata

Post by wrecsvp » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:45 pm

Hi Erik,
Black Walnut doesn't quite range this far north naturally, the closest I've seen "natural" growth is along the St. Lawrence River at Prescott Ontario (there is a *huge* Black Walnut in the town) which presumably predates European settlement of this area, link below.
https://goo.gl/maps/w58EPW1qKgt (the tree at the left is a fairly large Bitternut Hickory)

However, Black Walnut has been commonly planted in Ottawa and northward into Quebec for a century or more and it is common to find it naturalized as saplings and early maturity trees.

Butternut ranges pretty far north naturally, well into southern Quebec north of Ottawa.

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