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Weed or tree?

Posted by lindachinook Ohio (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 12:03

This has gotten bigger after I cut it down in the spring. I left it there for privacy but now I want to cut it down and get rid of it. First time I ever saw a seed like pod. You cut it open and the seed inside actually is heart shape. Please does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it?

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RE: Weed or tree?

This is what the plant looks like

RE: Weed or tree?

Looks like a walnut.

RE: Weed or tree?

There's a Japanese walnut known as a heartnut. Both the shell and the edible nut inside are heart-shaped.

Here's Miller Nurseries, who'd like to sell you one:

And general info from Wikipedia:

If you know anyone who does crafts, you might want to offer them the nuts. (I've no idea how troublesome they are to deal with, or how badly they stain.)

It's an odd thing to find growing on its own. I assume it was planted by a previous owner?

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 17:42

RE: Weed or tree?

A split Black Walnut reveals the seam and it is heart shaped. The shell is a large heart around 2 small lobes containing the nut meat. I think it is just a regular Juglans nigra.

RE: Weed or tree?

Looks like black walnut to me. Might've been "planted" by a squirrel. They love those nuts.

RE: Weed or tree?

The black walnuts I'm familiar with have oval shells, often a bit pointy on one end, but I wouldn't call them heart-shaped.

Depends on who's looking at them, I guess.

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