Juglans major Arizona Walnut, Nogal
DECIDUOUS TREE. Heavy branches, dark bark, and large alternate
pinnate leaves with long oval, pointed, bright green leaflets. Inconspicuous
flowers in spring. Fruit hard, green, spherical, to 4-5 cm.
Inside the dry thick husk is a smooth, hard-shelled nut that splits into
two heart-shaped halves. An important food and shade tree for wildlife.
A riparian tree, rare in the Empires as isolated trees in Davidson Canyon
(in photo) and in a few other large washes. Velvet Ash (Fraxinus
velutina) has opposite leaves and winged fruits. Soapberry (Sapindus
saponaria) is a smaller tree with much narrower leaflets, pale bark,
and small yellow berries.
FAMILY: Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)