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#22336 01/27/07 02:41 AM
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I see lots of posts talking about wood referring to Claro or Black Walnut. I thought they were the same thing. My understanding was that in the East it is often called Black and in the West usually called Claro but the tree is the same species. In a recent post someone said the Galazan RBL is available with different grades of wood including Black or Claro. What is the story on the difference (or no difference) between "American Black Walnut" or Claro? Regards, Jake


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The same difference as a Red Maple and a Silver Maple. Or a Gambel Oak and a White Oak. Different trees.

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Claro(clear)black walnut are the same thing. Originally imported from Greece and Turkey. Now common in California. More colorful than American walnut with it's rich colors of reds and browns. No two blanks are alike.


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English Walnut - Juglans Regia
Black Walnut - Juglans Nigra
Claro Walnut - Juglans Hindsii
California Walnut - Juglans Californica

Some varieties are grown for their nuts while others for their wood. More than 400 black walnut cultivars have been named and released in the last century. Essentially these are either hybrids or selective breeding. Add to the mix that grafting often is used in orchards. The end result is very confusing.

It has been cultivated for at least 4,000 years. There is evidence that it has been eaten for almost 10,000 years. The Greeks and Romans did their best to spread the tree every where. The Romans were so taken with it that they had special walnut recipes prepared for weddings. Later the English continued the dissemination of the tree.

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Which variety is ocassionally referred to as "French walnut"??

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According to my search of the literature(albiet confusing!), "French,Moroccan, Turkish, East-Indian,etc" are really of the Juglans regia family. Best. Dr. BILL

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Dr. Bill, and Jugans regia is what we refer to as English. Right?


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And you can bet your ficus benjimina on that!!

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I think you would label this Claro walnut, what do you think?



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I think claro is light in color. David

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