The butternut or white walnut (Juglans cinerea L.) is smaller than the black
walnut, though in the highlands and where it attains its best development,
it reaches a height of 70 feet and a diameter of 3 feet. The trunk is
usually forked or crooked and this makes it less desirable for saw timber.
The bark differs from that of the black walnut in being light gray on
branches and on the trunk of small trees, becoming darker on large trees.
This tree may also be distinguished from black walnut by the velvet collars
just above the scars left by last year's leaves. . . . The wood is light,
soft, not strong, coarse-grained, light brown, and takes a good polish. It
is used for interior finish of houses and for furniture. _Common Forest
Trees of Virginia How to Know Them, A Pocket Manual_ 8th edition
(Charlottesville, Va.: Virginia Forest Service, 1936), 14.
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Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 7:05 PM
Subject: [DMU] Butterwood
In at least two patents I have run across the phrase "butterwood
This is not in agreement with the butterwood/sycamore and
butterwood/persimmon suggestions. There is a Butterwood Swamp in Dinwiddie
Co; perhaps someone there knows for sure!?
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