This is a large deciduous tree common to woodlands in the eastern United States from Massachusetts to Texas. It is natively found in rich woods and fertile river valleys across the state of Missouri.
Mature trees produce edible walnuts in the fall, which are sold commercially in Missouri and used to make a variety of other food products. Native Americans ate the nuts from these trees and made syrup from their sap, and reportedly even threw the poisonous husks of the nuts into ponds to make the fish within easier to catch. The trees are also prized for their wood, which is considered to be the best for furniture making of any native American tree species. This has led to overharvesting and a sharp decline in wild populations across the country.
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|Common Name||Black Walnut|
|Latin Name||Juglanus nigra|