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'Buccaneer' Walnut Tree

Early cropping, self fertile walnut tree

The Highlights

    • 'Buccaneer' is a reliable walnut tree that starts cropping from a young age (3-5 years) and produces heavier crops than many varieties
    • Delicious walnuts can be harvested green for pickling or left until autumn to dry and store. They can then be eaten raw or used in cooking
    • Grows to 6 x 5m in 20 years but can be pruned smaller
    • Green catkins appear in spring, attracting early pollinators
    • Ideally suited for the UK climate - grow in a sunny and sheltered spot for best harvests
    • Self fertile variety - you'll only need one tree for a good crop

'Buccaneer' Walnut Tree

Early cropping, self fertile walnut tree
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The Highlights

    • 'Buccaneer' is a reliable walnut tree that starts cropping from a young age (3-5 years) and produces heavier crops than many varieties
    • Delicious walnuts can be harvested green for pickling or left until autumn to dry and store. They can then be eaten raw or used in cooking
    • Grows to 6 x 5m in 20 years but can be pruned smaller
    • Green catkins appear in spring, attracting early pollinators
    • Ideally suited for the UK climate - grow in a sunny and sheltered spot for best harvests
    • Self fertile variety - you'll only need one tree for a good crop

what to expect

Supplied as:

9L poly-pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Poly-Pot, which is approx D15 x H30cm. Poly-Pots use 70% less plastic than traditional pots and can be recycled. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.

Height on arrival:

120-150cm
Your tree will arrive at a height between 120-150cm inc. pot

Eventual height:

12m

Eventual spread:

8m
Will spread up to 8m unless pruned

Time to first crop:

3-5yrs
You should expect a significant walnut crop within 3-5 years

Flower colour:

Green
Green catkins

Habit:

Bushy/upright
Grows with an upright bushy habit and a broad crown

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
This tree is fully hardy, meaning it will survive under any conditions, including the odd snowy winter in the UK.

Self fertile:

Self fertile

Uses:

Eating fresh, cooking

Rootstock:

Spacing:

5m
Plant 5m apart to allow for spreading

how to grow

Good pest and disease resistance

Walnut trees are not prone to many pests or diseases, although they may occasionally be affected by coral spot, aphids or walnut blister mites. If you see aphids or other bugs, pick them off by hand and spray the infected area with some soapy water. To avoid coral spot, always prune in dry weather.

Water when newly planted

Water establishing plants during dry spells for at least a year after planting.

Full sun

Needs a sunny position with around 6 hours of sunlight daily

Any fertile, well-drained soil

Prefers fertile well draining soil. Can also tolerate clay soil but you will need to take some steps to improve drainage, such as mixing in fine horticultural grit or perlite to the surrounding soil when planting.

No feeding required

Your tree will get all the nutrients it needs from the soil (make sure it's good by mixing in some compost or rootgrow when planting) https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300929

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