The Paradox Walnut, Stop # 3

Continuing on our Tour

As you can see by looking at the site map, we have moved just past the fruit trees and into some wonderful shade. The Carriage House is directly on our left and the raised beds are on our right.

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A Glimpse of the Enormous Walnut Tree

The paradox walnut at the Home and Gardens is a huge, wonderful tree, providing excellent shade on hot days. It was planted around 1914 and is several dozen feet tall. In fact, it was very hard to get the whole tree into any one picture frame! In this view, you can see the Concord grapes and a limb from the apricot tree. The walnut is the darker green tree that fills the background.

Why Paradox?

As you move farther on the path, you can see that the walnut covers this corner of the Carriage House. The walnut's trunk is visible in the bottom left-hand corner. The paradox walnut was created by Luther Burbank in an effort to create a fast-growing hardwood. A fast-growing hardwood was a paradox (puzzle) because it usually took a long time to grow a hardwood. This paradox walnut wood could then be used to make furniture, but would be ready to harvest much sooner than other hardwoods. Inside the Luther Burbank house (if you take the docent tour) you can see a china cabinet made of paradox walnut, as well as the stairs that lead to the second floor.


Good-bye, Wonderful Shade Tree!

Here's our last glimpse of the paradox walnut. It is tall! You can see a corner of the Carriage House on the left and part of Spot #5, the Spineless Cactus, on the right.

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