State Symbols of Missouri

eastern black walnut

Missouri's State Tree Nut

The nut produced by the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra), known as the eastern black walnut, became the state tree nut on July 9, 1990. The nut has a variety of uses. The meat is used in ice cream, baked goods and candies. The shell provides the soft grit abrasive used in metal cleaning and polishing and oil well drilling, and is also used in paint products and as a filler in dynamite. (RSMo 10.100)