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11/05/2013 at 10:28

I planted a walnut tree 7 years ago.  It is growing away well in a fairly sheltered spot in an otherwise windy garden.  The leaves tend to come out in late May.  It has never borne any blossom just leaves.  I understood that it would take about 5 years before fruiting.  I'd be grateful for any suggestions!

11/05/2013 at 11:23

It takes a bit longer than that - 7 to 8 years is typical, but it depends on the age your tree was when it was planted.

I had one once. It was in a lawn, and the grass underneath the tree suffered badly from a chemical in the leaves,  a non-toxic, colorless, chemical called hydrojuglone.  When exposed to air or soil compounds, hydrojuglone is oxidized into juglone, which is highly toxic, so nothing will grow under the canopy of the tree. Please note that this does not mean that walnut trees are in any way harmful to humans or pets, as the toxin is only formed in the soil. 

11/05/2013 at 12:08

Patience is required, I think.

11/05/2013 at 12:45

I have 3 of the same age, one fruited after 8 or 9 years. The others haven't yet but they haven't grown as much either.

13/05/2013 at 11:32

I have one in my garden, probably about 80 years old, but I've never seen fruit on it, though I think that has more to do with Ninja Squirrels than anythign else.

13/05/2013 at 11:44

And Ninja Crows too 

13/05/2013 at 13:45

Thanks very much, guys.  I'll just continue to be patient!!  Interesting comment about the juglone (thank you).  I was told that walnut trees can affect apple tree pollination - I suppose this is why. 

27/05/2013 at 23:26

My mum planted a walnut from supermarket , it was fruiting in 8 yrs .  its massive now . the nuts are oval shape and are very hard to crack open . it fruits July Ours took 10yrs to fruit around august/ september  the shells are soft and break easily.

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