Franquette walnut is an old French variety discovered in the early 1800's. with a small walnut well sealed, thin shell. One of the last Walnuts to break dormancy; late spring frost is rarely a concern. Franquette walnut once the dominant walnut planted throughout the west. Less susceptible to frost than other varieties. It's self-fertile, but will produce more fruit with Chandler or Pedro. Ripens in the fall.
Growing Franquette Walnut
USDA Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9,10
Harvest Period:Very Late
Bloom Period:Very Late
Pollination Requirement: Partially Self-Fertile
Storage:3 Months or More
Years to Bear:2-5 years
Recommended Spacing:25-40 ft.
Mature Size:30-60 ft.
Water Requirements:12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped:Whip (no branching)
Size when shipped: Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch; *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful treesoften have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Basic idea for Pruning:Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs.
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful tree starter kits.