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Walnut: Shannon & Waterman Tree Species Guide

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WALNUT: A Highly Durable Choice for Custom Wide Plank Wood Floors

Would a walnut floor complement your space? Learn more about this flooring as you explore Shannon & Waterman’s custom wide plank wood flooring options.

Shannon & Waterman's Walnut No Stain Wide Plank Wood Floor

The walnut tree is a hardwood tree with 21 species and is the most commercially important species grown for timber and nuts. The largest American walnut trees grow more than 100 feet tall, but most fall within the 75 to 100 foot range. The trunks vary between two and four feet wide. Walnut trees are deciduous trees native to the eastern United States, where they grow most abundantly in deep, fertile, and moist soils.

Walnut is a hard, tight-grained wood that is dense and shock resistant. But, despite its hardness, walnut is exceptionally easy to work with. The grain varies throughout a single tree, but some types of walnut are well-known for their unusual and beautiful grain configurations.

Though each walnut species has its own individual characteristics, walnut colors are generally warm and rich. Colors range from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate color – or even purplish-black in the heartwood. When air-dried, walnut wood can become a rich purplish-brown and the rich colors polish to a very smooth finish. Because of its color, hardness, and grain, it is a prized choice for fine furniture, flooring, cabinetry, musical instruments, paneling, gunstock, and other ornate wood products like toys and bowls.

To identify a walnut tree, look for the following characteristics:

  • Alternate Branching: Walnut trees have alternate branching, meaning the side branches are staggered and alternate throughout the branch.
  • Compound Leaf: Walnut trees have compound leaves, made up of a main stem and dark green leaflets. The long stem is up to 24 inches in length, with 13 to 23 separate leaflets attached to form a single leaf. The leaflets are smooth-edged and about three inches long.
  • Patterned Bark: Walnut bark has a uniform rough texture with furrows and ridges that intersect to form a diamond-like pattern. The bark is dark shades of gray, with some walnut trunks appearing almost black from a distance.
  • Flowers and Fruit: In the spring, both male and female flowers emerge. The male flowers emerge as drooping, yellow-green catkins (slim, cylindrical flower clusters, with inconspicuous or no petals) and the female flowers appear in a spiky cluster. The walnut fruit is a nut and is enclosed in a green, leathery, inedible husk. The whole fruit, including the husk, falls in autumn.

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