Butterwood and white walnut are synonymous and they do not equate with
either sycamore nor persimmon. More years ago than I care to tell, my father
helped me with a sixth grade science project leaf book. He could walk
through the woods and identify trees by their bark and/or shape. I never got
beyond the leaf stage even though he was a good teacher. Years later I
inherited a wooden tray that I refinished--it was one of the whitest woods I
had ever seen yet it was grained like a walnut. My father who was also a
carpenter recognized it immediately. Although I have never seen a living
tree, I think the leaf was larger than but shaped like a walnut
leaf--however, don't hold me to that. What I do know was that it is a very
"white wood" with a walnut grain--hence it was frequently referred to as a
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Frederick <frederrd(a)jmu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] What is a "Butterwood" tree?
Thanks, but Butternut (Juglans cinera) is also called "White
name also appears regularly in my deeds. "White Walnut"
not only shows up
in the same deed with "Butterwood," I have more than once seen
and "White Walnut" listed as corner trees at the *same*
--On Wednesday, July 11, 2001 2:39 PM -0400 W D Carter
> Scientific name:
> Juglans cinera L.
> Common Names: Butterwood,
> Walnut, Lemon Walnut
> Butternut is a beautifully medium dark
> grained wood favored for its "banding"
> effect in carvings. This fine carving wood
> has undergone a serious reduction in range
> due to disease. Because of this,
> of this tree on federal and state
> been restricted. Minnesota is
> exploring the possibility of placing
> Butternut on the state endangered species
> list. Efforts are underway and meeting
> success, to develop and distribute
> resistant Butternuts for replanting.
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