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Telfair 07-31-2013 07:23 PM

Wat kind of tree do I have?
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I've been wondering what this tree maybe?
Is it something we can eat?
Is it hazardous to my dog?

Daniel Holzman 07-31-2013 07:39 PM

It looks like a black walnut (juglans nigra). However, black walnut is not native to Los Angeles, so either it is a related west coast species, or you have an introduced tree. Or of course I could be seeing things. If it is a black walnut, the nuts are edible.

Telfair 07-31-2013 07:43 PM

Yeah the picture's on a google search do match my tree, Thanks & so then being eadible how I harvest them to eat?

& they should not be harmful to my dog I hope?

chitownken 07-31-2013 08:42 PM

Pick up the nuts when they fall off. Inside the green husk is the actual nut. Those nuts are HARD to crack. Maybe the California variety will be easier.

CENTERLINE MV 07-31-2013 08:59 PM

Careful, it just may (seriously) stain your skin when you crack it open.

DrHicks 07-31-2013 09:26 PM

Yep, it's a Black Walnut tree. It's a horrible tree to have in your yard - wonderful to have in a grove on the farm.

It'll drop those green husked walnuts everywhere. Depending on the year, it may drop thousands of them. They'll turn black as they ripen/rot, and the husk will stain whatever it touches. You can dry them, remove the husks, and crack them to get to the walnut "meat."

Note, too, that walnut trees produce their own herbicide, and will kill much of the vegetation under the tree.

SeniorSitizen 07-31-2013 09:41 PM

Hopefully you have an English Walnut tree- Juglans regia .

cleveman 07-31-2013 11:12 PM

Yes, hopefully this is an english or carpathian walnut.

The leaves look a bit too thin for a black walnut, but they are thicker for a carpathian. And I don't know about an english, but I imagine they are thicker and wider yet.

Look around your neighborhood, they should be common.

The black will drop with the husk to the ground and they are good to burn. The carpathian may crack open on the tree and fall to the ground and look like an english walnut there on the ground, or it may still have some husk attached. You can collect them and let them dry out in baskets and process them like an english walnut.

I'm not sure how a straight english walnut behaves, I haven't been around them.

Good luck.

alexjoe 08-01-2013 01:22 PM

I think it is Black Walnut tree.

adamrobinson 08-03-2013 03:16 PM

Ya you are absolutely right it's a Black Walnut's too good for you have set it in your farm..Ya you can eat it after they fall off. The actual nut is available inside green husk..So please crack them slowly because it's too hard to crack.:thumbsup:

user1007 08-03-2013 08:23 PM

Nut and fruit trees do take some care.

Unless you dormant oil sprayed the tree. I think you will find other creatures have gotten to most before your dog gets to them. They should not hurt him, nuts or bugs though.

You need to prune the tree. A dormant season oil spray is critical if you actually want to harvest walnuts. You need some bees to pollinate too.

As a kid, dragged across the country to California, the only native tree on the land with house my parents bought was a Black Walnut. I will always remember the taste of them but sitting at a round formica table, peeling the green skins off and finding larvae already eating most of the nut meat. Seemed like to much work when I could walk to the neighboring creek and eat fresh almonds.

SeniorSitizen 08-03-2013 10:48 PM

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I would never attempt to remove the hulls green as long as I have this little machine to remove them dry. Attempting to hull green would be a real pain. If I pay attention I can hull a paper grocery bag of them in about 10-15 minutes. It usally takes two trips through. The nuts fall in one box and the hulls in a separate box.

user1007 08-04-2013 12:07 PM

Looks a bit gruesome but I bit that works rather well. Thanks for posting the pics. Are those grinding rods/huller cylinders custom or stock? How fast does the motor turn them. I may have one built for a friend with your guidance.

Oso954 08-04-2013 02:22 PM

My guess is that you have a Southern California Black Walnut, Juglans californica.

The Chumash Indians used to eat them. However they are not grown commercially. Besides there natural growth in the wild, they are grown as an ornamental plant in native plant or xeriscape gardens.

Telfair 08-04-2013 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1224809)
Nut and fruit trees do take some care.

Unless you dormant oil sprayed the tree.

Thanks to all of you for your comments & I'm very excited about enjoying these. :thumbup:

But can you explain further on the oil spray?
& can I get this oil at HomeDepot?

What would be the proper pruning?

Interesting the comment about bee's being I've been in this home going on 3 years & this is the 1st time the tree has had any nut's?
Seems the ligustrum hedge I've planted about 1 & 1/2 years ago that does attract many bee's has caused the tree to fruit! :thumbsup:

I'm gonna go pick some off right now that are black, do they have to be fully black or????

If you have apicture on at what point to pull them off the tree I would really appreciate it.

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