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Walnuts redux

A Walnut man took exception to Chicken Cornerís report on walnuts. Mark, from Walnut, wrote that:

I live in Walnut, evidently too far east of Boyle Heights and the western edge of the Puente Hills, so all these walnut trees must be weeds. We should probably just cut them down.

Well, I deplore the cutting down of trees, even exotics, once theyíre established. Beyond that, a clarification: Michael said that the ďnatural habitatĒ of juglans californica is the Santa Monica Mountains. He didnít say they didnít grow anywhere else, especially if they were planted. All of this is by my own extrapolation, by the way, including my statement that they donít go to Boyle Heights because their natural habitat stops at the LA river. Walnuts, by definition, have the types of seeds that donít travel on the wind. Squirrels and other earthbound critters move them around.

SoÖmy guess is that Walnut walnuts are a different variety than Echo Park walnuts. But either way, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, donít chop me down!


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