If Trees Could Sing

Victor Wooten & the Black Walnut

Victor Wooten talks about the black walnut and the benefits that trees provide us.

Black Walnut Leaves

This tree's leaves are arranged in leaflet groups of 15-23 leaves.

Black Walnut Bark

Bark of the black walnut is blackish-brown and deeply furrowed.

Black walnuts are not only favored by woodpeckers, foxes and squirrels, they are also nutritious for people.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten is one of the world’s leading bass players and the winner of five Grammy Awards. He came to prominence in 1988 when he joined forces with banjoist Bela Fleck to form the jazz combo Bela & the Flecktones. Through more than a dozen albums, the quartet has pushed the boundaries of jazz and American music. On his own, Wooten has recorded several solo albums. Since 2000, he has run the Wooten Center for Music and Nature, where he teaches young people how to make music and live in harmony with the natural environment. See other music artists talking about trees...

Black Walnut Facts

  • Scientific name: Juglans nigra
  • Range: across much of the Eastern U.S. throughout the Midwest to the Great Plains and Southwest
  • Height: up to 75 feet tall
  • Fruit: edible nuts, surrounded by a black hard shell, which is covered by green husk
  • Fall colors: leaves turn bright yellow

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Black Walnut

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... walnuts contain omega-3 fats and antioxidants that fight cancer, improve heart health and brain health?


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