Plants Around Central Texas

On occasion in my land and ranch showings in Central Texas I do run across beautiful Black Walnut trees. This Native Texas hardwood tree, juglans nigra, is sought after for its incredible wood by cabinet and furniture makers. The trees provide beauty and shade as well as delicious, protein rich, nutritious nuts for animals like squirrels and others.

The nuts are very tasty. There is a Black Walnut ice cream at HEB and many recipes for it online. I love it.

I find it interesting that Black Walnut trees are allelopathic plants, these trees can kill other plants around them. Juggling is the toxic substance in all parts of the tree and the substance the tree releases into the soil. Black Walnut is also poisonous to horses. At one time I would go to a wood mill for fresh wood shavings for my horses stalls. When they milled black walnut, I was careful to not bring any of those shavings home to my barn! Dogs can also get very sick by eating moldy black walnut nuts and shells.

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There are many Native Texas plants that are tolerant of Black Walnut. These have been mentioned on-line but verify to be sure-

Box elder                                   Acer negundo

Pawpaw                                      Asimina triloba

Hickory                                      Carya texana 

Redbud                                       Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Honey-locust                             Gleditsia triacanthos

American elm                            Ulmus americana

Elderberry                                  Sambucus nigra

Black-haw                                  Viburnum rufidulum

Yucca Twistleaf                         Yucca tortifolia

Prickly-ash                                 Zanthoxylum hirsutum

Virginia creeper                        Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Greenbriar                                 Smilax bona-nox

Wild grape                                 Vitis mustangensis

Aster                                           Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Black-eyed Susan                    Rudbeckia hirta

Goldenrod                                 Solidago altissima

Betty Saenz is a Native Texas REALTOR who grew up in Texas, identifying native trees and plants. Betty loves to garden, restore habitat for wildlife. Call Betty to buy or sell a horse property or land (512) 785-5050