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common name for some members of the Juglandaceae, a family of chiefly deciduous, resinous trees characterized by large and aromatic compound leaves. Species of the walnut family are indigenous mostly to the north temperate zone, but also range from Central America along
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Tree up to 80ft (24m) with opposite leaves and sticky, egg-shaped fruit. Inner bark used as astringent to stop bleeding, rheumatism, pain. Nuts and bark are antiseptic, used to expel tapeworms, fungus, tumors.

butternut, white walnut

A moderately soft, medium-textured, low-density wood of light to pale brown color. The walnut-like grain is used particularly for decorative veneer.
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As we walked back to her car, we passed other, scattered butternut trees, and gloom descended on us.
Tragedy has befallen the butternut. "It is more threatened than even the American chestnut," said Mike Ostry, a U.S.
Butternut has declined so steeply that Minnesota has banned cutting it on state lands.
Unfortunately, butternut canker (actually a fungus) appears to be doing a more thorough job of eliminating its host than even the chestnut and elm diseases.
"There's an awful lot we don't know about butternut canker," said Ned Tisserat, a Kansas plant pathologist.
A major problem in studying the butternut canker disease is the nature of the tree itself.
As a general rule, the butternut tolerates colder climates and rockier soil than its close relative, the black walnut.
Unlike black walnuts, butternut trees are short-lived and medium to small in stature.
"Butternut is considered a soft hardwood, but the floors will last 50 to 60 years and many people who love the took of the wood think that's a great return on their investment," Pope said.
We like to call butternut 'perfectly imperfect" he added.
Jim Dumas, owner of Certainty Wood in East Aurora, NY, stocks butternut veneer.
"Butternut is a warm, appealing wood with a natural luster.