Nut? Identification

winspiffJuly 13, 2006

There is an area by my creek with evergreens and other trees. It is kind of shady. Today I found some small, fuzzy, green 1-2 inch long things down there. Some looked like they had been munched on. I picked them up.

After a pretty discouraging search online, I cut one of them open. I think it looks like a nut. Whatever it is, it had mini worms or grubs or something - yuck!

We believe that someone purchased our property about 80 years ago who was a tree lover. We know we have (non-fruiting) apple trees, huge evergreens, maples, etc. It is possible that the person planted whatever this is.

Well, here's some pictures for you guys. Also, anyone know a good way to get someone to come to your property and identify trees for you?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of it

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kareen(z5 NY Renss.Co.)

If you bring the nut in to your countyCornell Cooperative Extension office you should be able to get an identification . Also put the worms in a baggie and bring them too. Good luck and let us know what you have. Sounds like a great piece of property. Kareen

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 8:17PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Can you post a photo of the tree and the leaves? That would help identify the tree.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 7:00AM
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kcook969

Looks kinda like a Beechenut. You could have a Beech tree.

Are the nuts kinda odd shaped? Like kinda squarish?

If its a beech, it has smooth grey bark, and the leaves are football shaped. Beeches are very tolerent of shady areas.

Can't tell if its european or american. However the eurpoean is used mainly as an ornimental tree, so the previous owner may have planted one.

Look here for info about Beech trees:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Beech

http://www.treehelp.com/trees/beech/beech-types-american.asp

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 11:07PM
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winspiff

I'll check and see if there is a beech tree down there. No idea which tree they came from. I'll try to update you soon!
Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 7:40PM
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winspiff

I'm looking at beech trees online, and I'm not sure it is one. I will check - but beech nuts look spiky and seem to have a ridge.

The nuts I found are more fuzzy and smooth around the outside.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 8:00PM
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kcook969

Going back over it, I realized I mixed up my trees. Sorry about that, It was kinda late when I posted it.

That would be a ButterNut tree. Also known as the White Walnut.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butternut_%28tree%29

A butternut is a close relative of the walnut.

The nuts look like this?

http://www.indianspringherbs.com/Images/Butternuts.jpg

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 10:14PM
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winspiff

That's it! Great! Thank you so much!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 11:07AM
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kcook969

And, might I add, the nuts are quite tasty.

Harvest them like walnuts, they are really good.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 6:01PM
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toplady5490(12866)

It is definitley a Butter nut they make for the best cakes and muffins. You harvest them in the fall when they turn black. They are a job to crack open but the taste is worth the effort.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 6:24PM
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craig76

Wear rubber gloves when shucking then if they are green. If not your hands will be stained until the skin wears off

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 4:28PM
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