The walnut (Juglans regia) is known by many names including English walnut, Carpathian walnut and preferably Persian walnut to recognize its place of origin. It is the common walnut of commerce grown in many countries around the world. Our strains represent the hardiest found anywhere. Our seedlings are grown from the best selections in our orchard. Our grafted trees are high quality selections from our orchard that have proven to be the most productive, hardiest, most blight resistant, and drought tolerant trees. The trees listed below are our best for these qualities.
Best production occurs by matching early (protandrous) with late (protogynous) pollinizers in our grafted selections. Protandrous trees produce male catkins before female bloom, while protogynous trees are the opposite.
Suitable for zones 6a to 8, protect in 6a. Grafts are best suited to zone 6b-8. Winter protect graft area in zone 6a for 2-3 years. Tree size can range from 10-15 m (40 ft) in height and spread.
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We grow our seedlings from our best parent orchard trees. Since these are grown from nuts, there will be some variation from tree ot tree but most are good producing trees. All trees in our orchard are grafted selections from around the world. Chances are good that the seedlings produced from our parent trees will have the characteristics of two outstanding parents. Suited for climate zones 6a-8.
Ken Dooley from Marion, Indiana grew several hundred of these hybrids and found 2 that were productive with thin shells. These seedlings are from the best one. Suited for climate zones 5b-8.
'Combe' is a hardy tree introduced from Utah by walnut enthusiast, Clifford Dabb. It is an annual, very productive tree with high walnut blight resistance and drought tolerance. The leaves drop well after all of the nuts are down. The nut is medium size and oval with good cracking characteristics. It is one of our most consistent cultivars. It is protadrous so paired with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo' will provide best production. Suited for zones 6a-8, commercially 6b-8.
'Ames' (originally ISU 73-H-24) was from the Iowa State University field trials at Ames, Iowa introduced by Dr. Allan Beck. This selection has been performing well in Niagara. It is productive, hardy, drought tolerant and has good blight resistance. It is mid-season ripening and holds its leaves well until after harvest. The nut is oval, large size and easy cracking. It is protandrous so for best production, pair this one with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo'. Suited for climate zones 6a-8, commercially 6b-8.
'North Platte' was introduced from North Platte, Nebraska, a zone 5a area of relatively harsh dry climate conditions. It is a good producer of large size oval nuts that are easy cracking. It has good walnut blight resistance and is drought tolerant. It holds its leaves well until harvest is over. It is a protandrous cultivar and so it should be paired with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo' for best production. Suited for climate zones 6a-8, commercially in 6b-8.
'Young’s B1' was selected by Earl Young from Lyons, NY. This cultivar is an annually productive 'Broadview' seedling selection. The nut is very attractive, very well filled, large, and round in shape. The tree is healthy, hardy and vigorous growing. It has good walnut blight resistance and drought tolerance. It is mid- season ripening and holds its leaves well at harvest. Pair it with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo' for good production. Suited for climate zones 6a-8.
'Coble 2', introduced by Garnet Coble from Pennsylvania, is a very large moderately well filled sweet nut even when taken fresh off of the tree. It is thin shelled and cracks easily. It is the best of the novel walnuts that we have found. It is very productive but does have problems with walnut blight and nut fill in some years. Pair it with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo' for best production. Suited for climate zones 6b-8.
'Broadview' was introduced by Jack Gellatly from Kelowna, BC. It is one of our hardiest selections. It is productive and has good blight resistance. The nut is large, oval and good cracking. It is one of our latest to vegetate in the spring but one that will drop leaves earlier than most. The nut is large, oval and good cracking. It is a protogynous cultivar and a main pollinizer for most of our selections. Suited for climate zones 6a-8.
'Sejnovo' is a productive selection from Bulgaria for its walnut blight resistance. The nuts are large, oval and easy cracking. It is drought tolerant and holds its leaves until end of harvest. The nuts are large, oval and easy cracking. It is a protogynous cultivar and along with 'Broadview', is a main pollinizer for all of the other cultivars listed. Suited for climate zones 6b-8.
'Dooley Hybrid' is a rare walnut cultivar introduced by Ken Dooley from Marion Indiana. Unlike most hybrids with eastern black walnut, it has a thin, paper shell that can be cracked with fingers. The tree is very productive, vigorous and leans toward the Persian walnut in most of its characteristics. It exhibits the best walnut blight resistance in the orchard. It is drought tolerant and holds its leaves until harvest is over. The nuts are early to mid-season ripening. The nut is medium size, round and very well-filled. A small number of the nuts are not well sealed at the tip. It is a protandrous cultivar and so should be paired with 'Broadview' or 'Sejnovo' for best production. Suited for climate zones 6a-8.