COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION
Typical : Dark Brown, Purplish Black
New Color : Chocolate brown with some gray/green or red tones, possible blonde sap wood
Aged Color : Darkens slightly, sap wood will lighten in sun
Black Walnut’s scientific name is Juglans nigra. “Juglans” is from the two latin words “Jovis” meaning Jupiter and “glans” meaning nut. The word is used most likely in reference to the ancient common name for walnut fruit: Nut of Jupiter. “Nigra” is latin for dark or black. From the time of ancient Greeks until well into modern European history, walnuts symbolized fertility and were strewn at weddings. Just the opposite, in Romania, brides who wished to delay childbearing placed into the bodice of their wedding dresses one walnut for each year they hoped to wait.
WHERE IT GROWS
Throughout Eastern U.S., but principal commercial region is the Central states. Average tree height of 100 to 150 feet.
1.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
The sapwood of walnut is creamy white, while the heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age. Walnut is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure. This species produces a greater variety of figure types than any other.
DID YOU KNOW ?
American Indians used the husk from the Black Walnut’s immature fruit to dye their homespun cloth. The immature husk yields an indelible yellow dye that becomes an indelible black dye as the husk begins to deteriorate.