This tree grows slow at less than 12" per year. It reaches a height of 40-60 ft. with a 30-50 ft. spread. It is well-known for its rich nuts with a flavor reminiscent of butter, which are popular additions for baked goods, confections, as well as table nuts to be eaten fresh. It should begin producing nuts at 7-10 years of age. Note that this tree is an alternate bearer, meaning that it will produce bumper crops during some years and then may go one or more years with reduced production before the next bumper crop. It grows well in a variety of soil types.
In addition to its edible nuts used for human consumption, the butternut is great for wildlife as its nuts are readily eaten by deer, squirrels, and birds.
The tree is self-fertile but better production can be achieved when multiple trees are planted near to one another.
Full Sun - Minimum 6 hrs./day of sunlight