Juglans californica var. californica

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Juglans californica var. californica. Young tree 3-4 yrs old

Species Name: Juglans californica var. californica
Common Name: Southern California Black Walnut

Limited distribution. Endangered in a portion of its range. Endemic to California. Tolerates heat, smog, and drought. Great on slopes. Highly recommended for bird habitat.

Plant Family: Juglandaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 20' H x 5-10' W
Growth Habit: Small, spreading, multi-branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: List 4 / Red 1-2-3
Distribution: Outer South Coast Range (Santa Lucia Mtns), Southern Transverse Range, Northern Peninsular Ranges (Santa Ana Mtns.)
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, cismontane woodland, coastal scrub/alluvial. Slopes, canyons, valleys. Elevation: 150-3000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A low growing deciduous tree of spreading habit, often with several trunks. Makes a good small shade tree; bears small edible nuts with hard shells, but of delicious flavor. Gallon cans, 40c."
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