Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

Nut Trees in North Carolina

...
Fall in North Carolina image by Matt Hogstrom from Fotolia.com

North Carolina is a state with cold winters and trees that produce delicious nuts. With temperatures reaching as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit in the Appalachian mountains, it’s no wonder that the trees in this part of the country are tall and thick; they can store plenty of food for a long winter. Along with the state’s fine selection of nuts, berries and apples also thrive in this state’s climate.

Pecans

North Carolina is one of the many states where pecans are commercially grown. Pecans grow best along the coastal planes up through Piedmont area. Pecans prefer well-drained soil that is at least 4 feet deep. Pecans are thirsty trees and have high water requirements. Soil pH must be kept between 6 and 6.5 for the tree to thrive, so consistent testing is a must.

Black Walnut

The black walnut, or Juglans nigra Juglandaceae is a scarce and highly coveted tree that was almost cut to extinction. The nuts are used in baked goods and ice creams. Its wood is treasured for solid wood furniture and gun stocks because of its straight grain. The main pest this tree deals with is squirrels. Black walnuts occur naturally in the Appalachians of North Carolina where the average temperature is 45 degrees for at least 170 days.

Butternut

The Butternut, or Juglans cinerea Juglandaceae, is native to North Carolina and especially thrives in well-drained soil. Wild butternuts are found on hillsides and along stream banks. Butternut trees are short compared to most nut trees, reaching an average height of 18 meters and living around 75 years. Butternut produce a sweet, white nut that is used in making maple-butternut candy. The tree requires a long cold snap for fruit production and can withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Related Articles

Nut Trees That Grow in Ohio
Nut Trees That Grow in Ohio
When Do Pecan Trees Produce Nuts?
When Do Pecan Trees Produce Nuts?
Types of Nut Trees Grown in the South
Types of Nut Trees Grown in the South
Pecan Trees in Missouri
Pecan Trees in Missouri
Pecan Tree Varieties
Pecan Tree Varieties
Pecan Trees for Texas
Pecan Trees for Texas
How to Identify Nut Trees
How to Identify Nut Trees
Fruit and Nut Trees in Washington
Fruit and Nut Trees in Washington
Varieties of Pecan Trees in Virginia
Varieties of Pecan Trees in Virginia
List of Nut Trees
List of Nut Trees
What Nut Trees Grow Well in South Mississippi?
What Nut Trees Grow Well in South Mississippi?
Types of Texas Pecans
Types of Texas Pecans
About Tigerwood
About Tigerwood
Types of Italian Fig Trees
Types of Italian Fig Trees
Nut Bearing Trees in Pennsylvania
Nut Bearing Trees in Pennsylvania
Identifying Walnut Trees
Identifying Walnut Trees
Garden Guides
×