After extensive research on nut tree suitability in our west coast climate, we decided on the following species and cultivars for the 250 nut tree agroforestry portion of our operation:
Butternut – Juglans cinerea
We have selected grafted cultivars (versus seedling stock) for commercially viable nut characteristics like ease of shelling; size of nut flesh and taste. However we are planting seedling trees as temporary pollinators within the rows. These trees will be removed or relocated in 5-10 years to allow the permanent grafted cultivar plantings to mature to full size. Seedling trees typically bear nuts that can be quite different in shape, size, texture and flavour from the parent tree, so they are less economically viable in most cases. Questions about our nut orchard on Gabriola Island? Contact us!