Latin (botanical) name: Juglans nigra
Common names: Carya, Jupiter's Nuts
It is found in the wooded areas of the United States. It is thought to have originated in Persia. It has been documented that the Black Walnut tree can live in excess of 300 years and reaches a height of 60 feet with a circumference of 23 feet. The tops of the tree spread wide in relation the enormous stem. This tree bears the fruit of both sexes and begins to bud in the early spring even before its leaves sprout. The calyx of the male flower may have five or six scales which surround as many as thirty-six stamens while the female flower envelopes only the ovary which contains two or three fleshy stigmas.