It could be a black walnut. Compare with the photo here:
@LInda I think Douglas may be right. Can you identify the nut it seems to have grown from?
I believe it is Black Walnut, you should be able to smell a nutty scent if it is! The wood from these trees are desirable. Re-plant it with plenty of space for growth. I will be a beautiful tree. : ) you have a bonus! FREE TREE!
It didn't seem to have a nut smell? It does look like the photo Douglas where would it have come from as far as I know there are no black walnut trees here in my neighborhood ?? I will go look around today though....I planted it in a pot? If it is a walnut tree that is to small Ha!!
Definitely a walnut tree. From the looks of the seed (Nut) it is a black walnut tree not an English walnut. ( we have many if those come up in our yard every year)
Perhaps it came with the mulch???
Soooo growing it in a pot might not be the best idea lol we do have them apparently here ...according to Colorado extension a lot in Boulder :)
If it is a walnut be careful where you plant it. Walnut has a chemical called juglone that is toxic to many plants. There is a lot of information on the internet about walnuts and juglone. I've had lots of experience - of the kind I really don't want - with walnut trees killing blueberry plants, tomato plants, azaleas & rhododendron. You can find lists of plants that are and are not compatible with walnuts.
Also, assuming it is Black Walnut - My Mom grew to hate them, because her neighbor had one and the nuts would fall in her yard. And when mowing one day she hit one of them and it shattered her sliding door glass. Also her dogs would bring them in and chew them, which made a big mess. Then one day one of her dogs was chewing on one as happy as can be, Mom later found out the dog had broke one of her canine teeth from trying to break the hard shell. Hope some of this advice helped some.
It really did I have no desire to have any more trees !!! I will keep it in the pot until I can get rid of it I just read Boulder had a epidemic of some sort of beetle so as I have a hard time trowing out anything I will watch it grow for a while :) Thanks everyone !!!!!
Black walnuts taste good, too, if you want to harvest the meat, but they're a lot of work. They're abundant when they fall -- you have to be prepared to pick/rake them up. They are covered with a coating (not sure that's the right word) which at first is green, then dries up and turns black. You have to remove the coating first -- which is a challenge. Then you crack the shells and extract the meat -- the time spent may not be worth it; easier to buy some. I did a do-it-yourself-directly-from-the-project once, and that was enough. I used them in an apple cake and they were delicious.
By the way, check out the Wikipedia article -- it offers plenty of information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juglans_nigra
Looks just like the young Black Walnut that I pull up each year from around my large tree.
Linda - you could send it to me! giggles!
I wish u could send it to me. I consider Black Walnut trees sacred. The inner bark is a great fungicide. Also if children play with a green black walnut in fall when they drop off the tree, the chemicals on the outside of the nut boosts a child's immunity to childhood leukemia. Also is a woman crushes the leaf of the BW tree and rubs them on her inner arms, she boosts immunity to breast cancer. As an herbalist I encourage u to find someone who will plant the sacred tree and value it's many healing properties;)
My grandmother had a black walnut and she loved them, but hated shelling them. Of course. One year someone told her to put all the ones she gathered onto her gravel drive and check them after a few car trips. It worked pretty good to both get rid of the staining hull, and to crack the tough nut. Every time I go to the home place, I bring some home to try to start a tree, but have never been successful.
Joleene Unnerstall: have you a site or blog?
you all are so cute ! I am going to grow it in this pot and see what happens :) I walked around the block and a neighbor has 2 in her front yard..very nice looking trees !!!! If I had a place to put it I think I would keep it ....
Not a black walnut. They have thicker shells and larger. I am thinking it is a butternut. The shell isn't as hard. These are different leaves, too. No doubt a squirrel buried it in your yard from the neighbor's tree. Ask your neighbor what it is, go ahead...you will probably make a new friend!
When your little tree has mature leaves it will tell you more. Count the number of leaflets on the stem and that will help you identify your tree.
we have black walnut in our park..it looks like that to me..
Barbara might be right about it being a butternut, which is also a walnut called white walnut. If I remember correctly they don't have as strong a scent as black or English walnuts. If it were a black walnut you would definitely smell a strong astringent scent. Even just touching the leaves would release the scent.
No smell Nancy ? So it could be a butternut :)