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Nogalito - Little Leaf Walnut (Juglans microcarpa)
This drought-tolerant, fast growing native is found in the western portion of the Edward's Plateau and throughout the Trans Pecos. The pinnate leaflets are much more slender than other walnuts, hence the name. In the Fall, leaves turn a clear yellow. The nogalito is usually a small, multi-trunked tree but sometimes larger specimens are encountered. The 2-5" diameter trunks make the attractive wood unsuitable as lumber but useful for knife grips or other small items.
Fruit is smaller (1-2") than commercial varieties and not worth the effort to extract the nut meats. However, squirrels and other small mammals love them. Infusions of the leaves are used in folk remedies, from poultices to mouthwash.
Nogalito is deer resistant.