This species prefers rich, moist soils but can also tolerate drier sites. Produces a chemical, juglone, which is toxic to many plants. Light Exposure: Full sun, Partial sun/shade
The butternut is a deciduous tree growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall, rarely 40 m (130 ft). Butternut is a slow-growing species, and rarely lives longer than 75 years. It has a 40–80 cm (16–31 in) stem diameter, with light gray bark.