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Nut Trees

Grow your own delicious and nutritious nuts right in your backyard! From sweet almonds to crunchy walnuts, nut trees are the perfect addition for any home garden. With a little commitment and knowledge, learning how to grow and care for nut trees can provide you with a productive bounty harvest each year. Use our guides down below to create an amazing new edible landscape and reap the rewards of homegrown nuts.

How to Identify and Treat Pecan Stem End Blight

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Pecan nuts that start to turn black and fall off the tree may be suffering from stem end blight. This fungal disease is spread by insects feeding on your trees and can cause severe damage to your crop. Fungicide treatment may be necessary if your trees are infected. Learn how to identify and treat this serious disease.

33 of the Best Plants to Grow Under Black Walnut Trees

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Black walnuts and other landscape trees produce an allelopathic chemical called juglone, which can inhibit the growth of many plants in proximity. In this guide, we reveal 33 plants that are juglone-tolerant and suitable for growing under black walnut trees, including ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables. Read more now.

How to Grow Butternut (White Walnut) Trees

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Butternut trees, also known as white walnuts, are beautiful shade trees that produce abundant yields of delicious and nutritious nuts in autumn. Native North American trees, they attract a wide variety of wildlife including birds, deer, and squirrels. Learn how to grow your own butternut trees now in our guide.

How to Grow and Care for Black Walnut Trees

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Cold hardy, tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and an excellent timber tree to boot, black walnut is an easy nut tree to grow. What’s more, this striking tree is native to the eastern United States, inhabiting floodplains, roadsides, and forest edges. Tough, versatile, and productive – what’s not to love?

How to Grow and Care for a Macadamia Nut Tree

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The macadamia nut tree adds majestic height, spring blossoms, and evergreen shade to landscapes in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. It’s best known for producing gourmet-caliber nuts with smooth, sweet flesh that elevate baked goods to star quality. Learn to grow and maintain the noble macadamia, here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Manage Root Rot in Fruit, Nut, and Landscape Trees

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Phytophthora and the fungi Armillaria, Phymatotrichum, and Xylaria can all cause devastating cases of root rot on fruit, nut, and landscape trees along with woody shrubs. Prevention is the best way to manage these diseases. Read on to learn the best ways to avoid these diseases and biocontrol agents and fungicides that may help with Phytophthora root rot.

How to Grow and Care for Pecan Trees

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When properly cared for, pecan trees can yield delicious nuts and liven up the landscape for years to come. But Carya illinoinensis cultivation is quite involved. Propagation, tree maintenance, nut harvesting and storage – our guide explains it all! By the end, you’ll be ready to grow these trees like a pro.

How and When to Harvest Almonds

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Do you have an almond tree in your yard or a small nut orchard that’s starting to produce? How do you beat the squirrels and gather them? It’s an easy and straightforward process once you have a few tips and techniques. Find out everything you need to know to gather your own almonds with our detailed guide now!

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Almond Trees

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If you’re as nutty about almonds as we are, and want to give growing them a go, check out this handy guide packed full of rec-almond-ations to help you to get growing your own almonds in your back yard! Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Hickory Trees

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Hickory trees are amazing plants – they grow delicious nuts, they’re visually stunning, and the strong, flexible wood of hickories is used to make many products we use daily. Ever wanted one in your backyard? Well, look no further! With this guide, cultivating hickory trees of your very own will be easy as (pecan) pie.

Identify and Manage 5 Common Chestnut Tree Diseases

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Are your chestnut trees looking a little, shall we say, under the weather? Maybe you’ve noticed wilting leaves, or nuts that rot in their shells. Learn how to identify, prevent, and manage five common diseases that may afflict chestnut trees, with recommendations for selecting resistant varieties. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Chestnuts

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Love chestnuts? Why not grow your own! With several varieties to choose from, they can be planted in sandy loam with full sun and good drainage. Homegrown chestnuts are a delight, whether roasted, boiled, or dried and ground into flour. Learn everything you need to know about growing and caring for these magnificent trees.

How and When to Prune Almond Trees

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How should you prune your almond trees, and when is the best time to do it? Should you give them an annual haircut, or skip it altogether? Become a pro pruner with this handy guide, and learn which branches to remove at any age to keep your trees happy, healthy, and producing almonds for years to come! Read more now.

Top Homegrown Sources of Vitamin E

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Homegrown crops provide us with many healthy nutrients, including vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin plays an important role in our immune systems, and offers many potential health benefits. Learn more about how vitamin E can support wellness and discover the top sources to grow in your garden. Read more now.

How to Harvest Hazelnuts

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There is nothing better than filling your kitchen with the nutty scent of roasting hazelnuts that were picked at the peak of ripeness from the trees in your yard. Fortunately, harvesting your own hazelnuts is so much easier than you might think. Read more now for the best tips on how to pick and preserve your own crop.

How to Grow Hazelnut Trees

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Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are easy-to-grow compact trees that begin producing buttery sweet nuts in just a few years. Since they can be pruned to a shrub or tree shape, they are a great choice if you don’t have a lot of space but want to grow and harvest your own nuts. Read on to learn how to grow hazelnuts.

Juglone in Pecan Leaves Can Harm Plants

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As a close relative of black walnut, pecan also produces the strong toxin juglone. This toxin is poisonous to people, animals – and plants. Its presence can make it impossible to grow some kinds of plants under these trees. Read on to learn about juglone in pecan trees and how to work around it.

How to Identify and Treat Pecan Twig Dieback Disease

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Stressed pecan trees can be susceptible to pecan twig dieback disease. Caused by fungi, this infection cannot be cured by fungicides. Learn how to identify pecan twig dieback and steps you can take to prevent it from taking hold and how to treat infected trees. Plus tips on how to keep your trees healthy. Read more now.

Your Fall Tree Planting Guide

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To get insider tips on why fall is the best time to plant trees in your landscape, discover what “fall” actually means, depending on what part of the country you live in, and get expert advice about all the steps involved in planting trees for the maximum chances of success, read more now.

What’s the Difference Between Tree Burr Knots (Burl) and Crown Galls?

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Do your shade, nut, or fruit tree limbs and trunks have unsightly growths on them? If so, they are probably burr knots or crown gall. One is due to roots growing on the stems, while the other is a bacterial infection. Prevention is the best bet for these disorders. Learn how to prevent and, in some cases, control them.

When and How to Harvest Macadamia Nuts

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A macadamia tree is a spectacular addition to the home landscape, with its towering, shady branches, spring blossoms, and crop of tasty nuts. Some cultivars drop nuts and others require harvesting by hand. Learn how to manage both, and discover some handy tools to help you reap the sweet rewards with our guide.