Male flowers are inconspicuous yellow-green catkins. Female flowers are short terminal spikes in new shoots. Each female flower has a bright pink stigma. The fruit is a lemon-shaped nut formed in bunches of 2-6 together. The nut is oblong, ovoid and are 1.25-2.25″ long and .75-1.5″ wide. Nuts are surrounded by a green husk before maturing in mid fall.
|Habitat||Slow growing and prefers cooler climate. It grows on stream banks in rich moist soil. They can typically found in mixed hardwood forests. It is a species that is of concerned in parts of it native region. Nuts have value to wildlife. Consider a Butternut as a shade tree.|
|Leaf Description||Leaves are alternate and pinnate, 16-28" long with 11-17 leaflets. There is a leaflet at the terminal end and will always have an odd number of leaflets. The leaves are downy and a brighter, yellow-green color. Leaves emerge once daylight reaches 14 hours per day and leaves drop when daylight drops to 11 hours per day.|