- May Benefit & Attract: chickadees, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, grosbeaks, and sparrows
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native tree provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these trees safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Mature Height: 40–60' tall
- Mature Width: 35–50' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 40-60' apart
Why plant Audubon® Butternut?
A bonanza for birds! Butternut is a Black Walnut relative that offers valuable sustenance to birds. A host to over 130 species of moths and butterflies, that means one thing to birds: caterpillars! Packed with protein and fat, these succulent morsels serve as songbirds’ most important food source when raising their chicks. Sweet, tasty, energy-rich nuts in fall are relished, too—with some help. The shells are hard to break open. If you crack some open and put them in your birdfeeder, the chickadees, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, grosbeaks, and sparrows will soon be by for a bite.
Butternut is native to most of the eastern states, from Minnesota to Maine in the North and from Arkansas to Georgia in the South. Once valued for its light, easily worked heartwood as well as the yellow-orange dye in its inner bark, this coveted tree was already overharvested when a devastating disease struck. Since at least the 1960s, a canker has killed large numbers of Butternut Trees, especially in the Midwest and New England. There is no cure for the disease, but researchers are working hard to find resistant trees. Grow a Butternut of your own and be a part of the effort to keep this noble native around!
How to use Audubon® Butternut in the landscape?
Among the many, many moths that Butternut supports are some of our largest and most dramatic native insects. Its foliage feeds cecropia, io, luna, polyphemus, imperial, royal Walnut, and Walnut sphinx moths.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Hardiness Zone: 3-7
How To Plant Audubon® Butternut
Butternut is native to both good and poor sites, but it does much better when given some love. Plant it in full sun, in deep, moist, fertile soil and irrigate regularly when rain doesn’t fall. It is a moderately slow grower, even under the best of circumstances. This species has a more northernly distribution than its close relative, the Black Walnut, and it is cold-hardy to 40 below zero. It also prefers more acidic soils. Before planting, check with your local extension office on the prevalence of Butternut canker in your area. This destructive disease is still an issue.
How To Water
Butternut trees will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).