Juglandaceae - The Walnut Family
Nogal Blanco, Nogal Silvestre, Nuez Meca, Oilnut, Tocte, Tropical Walnut, White Walnut
Interior Use Only
Carving, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Paneling
Butternut grows in the eastern Canadian provinces, and down into the eastern United States. It grows as far west as North Dakota and all the way down to Arkansas and Georgia. Butternut prefers moist soil of slopes and valleys, but has been know to also grow in rocky soil. It grows interspersed hardwood forests, and can tolerate greater temperature extremes then its cousin, Black Walnut.
The sapwood of Butternut, which is usually very narrow, is white to a light grayish brown. The heartwood is described a chestnut brown color that can often contain darker streaks that may have a red tone. The grain is usually straight and has a medium to course texture. It is said that the grain and texture often resemble that of Black Walnut.
Butternut is often attacked by insects and funguses before it reaches maturity. While it is available in lumber form the nuts it produces are considered more valuable then the lumber.