Herb: Hind's Black Walnut


Latin name: Juglans hindsii


Family: Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)



Edible parts of Hind's Black Walnut:

Seed - raw. The seed is small with a thick shell but it makes good eating. A sweet taste. An edible oil is obtained from the seed, it tends to go rancid quickly.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Tree

Height:
15 m
(49 feet)

Flovering:
May to
June

Habitat of the herb:

Rocky and gravelly well-drained soils, by the coast, along rivers and streams and occasionally to the slopes of Napa range

Other uses of Hind's Black Walnut:

This species is often used in south-western N. America as a vigorous disease-resistant and drought tolerant rootstock for J. regia. A black dye is obtained from the seed husks. Plants produce chemicals which can inhibit the growth of other plants. These chemicals are dissolved out of the leaves when it rains and are washed down to the ground below, reducing the growth of plants under the tree. The roots of many members of this genus produce substances that are toxic to many plant species, especially apples (Malus species), members of the Ericaceae, Potentilla spp and the white pines (certain Pinus spp.). Wood - heavy, hard, rather coarse grained. A valuable timber, the tree is occasionally cultivated for its wood.

Propagation of the herb:

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual deep pots in a cold frame. You need to protect it from mice, birds, squirrels etc. The seed usually germinates in late winter or the spring. Plant out the seedlings into their permanent positions in early summer and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two. The seed can also be stored in cool moist conditions (such s the salad compartment of a fridge) over the winter and sown in early spring but it may then require a period of cold stratification before it will germinate.

Cultivation of Hind's Black Walnut:

Rocky and gravelly well-drained soils, by the coast, along rivers and streams and occasionally to the slopes of Napa range

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Juglans hindsii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.