[NAFEX] Protecting the Butternut Tree
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Fri Jul 1 11:53:57 EDT 2005
At 08:06 PM 6/30/2005, I wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>bject: [NAFEX] Protecting the Butternut Tree
> > <The GOOD news is that hybrids of
> > butternut with Japanese walnut and heartnut can be used to replace pure
> > butternut
> > Yes, but will the hybrids actually drop viable seeds and proceed to
> move out
> > into the woods and replace the vanishing butternut species? Donna
>Yes, the seeds are viable. I've got at least one seedling of 'Bountiful',
>which has been shown to be a hybrid - no idea what the pollen parent of
>that particular seedling is, and at 7-8 years, it hasn't made any nuts yet.
Will they move out into the woods? That I don't know. I'm planting them,
but it'll remain to be seen if the local wildlife &/or spring freshets will
distribute the seeds once they reach bearing age. Even before the
appearance - or identification - of butternut blight disease, butternut was
not an exceptionally common tree in this area of the country.
I have a friend who grew up here and has been a consulting forester for at
least 20 years in this end of the state, and he indicated that he has never
seen a butternut in the wild.
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