Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment

C. Mohni, F. Pelleri and G.E. Hemery:

The modern silviculture of Juglans regia L.:

A literature review


Common walnut (Juglans regia L.) is cultivated across much of Europe. There are many qualities that favour it as a valuable broadleaved tree for the future including its rapid growth, the high value of its timber and its plasticity in respect to projected climate change. Some countries in Europe, particularly France and Italy, have invested many years of silvicultural and genetic research in developing the species’ potential. Today, most European countries are interested in common walnut, and research findings have been published in many languages. This paper summarises the most important of these, published in French, Italian, German and English, and provides an overview of the latest recommendations for best practise in walnut silviculture. Key words:  Common walnut, silviculture, plantation, pruning, thinning.