BOTANICAL NAME: Juglans nigra
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Black Walnut
TREE DESCRIPTION: American Black Walnut is a medium to large hardwood occurring in the eastern part of the United States and to a lesser extent in South Eastern Canada. (it is also grown in limited quantities as a plantation timber in Australia). The tree reaches a maximum height of 45m (150ft), with 30m being more common and has a diameter of 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft). It is a non rainforest species.
COLOUR: The heartwood is usually a uniform pale to dark purplish brown which tends to darken with age it seems to be darker and more uniform that European Walnut. The sapwood is narrow and sharply defined from the heartwood by its pale colour.
GRAIN AND TEXTURE: The grain is usually straight, sometimes wavy. Highly figured veneers are obtained from gnarled stumps. The texture is moderately fine and even.