The Chandler walnut tree is a large deciduous tree that can reach heights of 12 to 18 meters. It has a wide, round crown and compound leaves that are green in color and can turn yellow-brown in the fall before they drop.
Plant your walnut tree in well-draining, loamy soil. The soil should be rich in organic material. Walnut trees are somewhat adaptable to different soil types, but they perform best in fertile soil. Prune the tree annually during the dormant season, typically in late winter or early spring. Remove dead or diseased branches and maintain a strong central leader. Proper pruning helps maintain the tree's shape and improves air circulation.
Chandler walnut trees thrive in full sun to partial shade. They require a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and nut production. Walnut trees need regular watering, especially during dry periods. Ensure that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Established trees generally have deep roots and can tolerate drought periods, but maintaining consistent moisture is essential, especially during nut development.
The Chandler walnut is known for its large and flavorful nuts. The nutshells are thin and easy to crack, making them popular among walnut enthusiasts. The nuts have a sweet and mild taste. Chandler walnuts are usually ready for harvest in late summer to early fall, typically between September and October. Harvest the nuts when the husk begins to split, and the nutmeat inside is fully developed. Allow the harvested nuts to dry for a few weeks before cracking them open.