Juglans cinerea

A close relative to Black Walnut, Butternut shares Black Walnut’s open porous grain but lacks Black Walnut’s distinctive dark color which leads some to call Butternut “White Walnut”. Light not only in color but also in mass, Butternut is an airy wood. Whenever I pick up a piece of Butternut I am always surprised by how little it weighs. The nuts these trees provide are used in baking and have a pleasant taste. Unfortunately the wood is bland, hard to eat, and indigestible despite having the word butter in its name.