Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Can You Help Tom Find Nut Trees?

I have a question for my readers. I’ve just agreed to write a new book for Globe Pequot Press: Nuts and Berries Of New England. I have until October to finish the project.

My problem is with nuts. We don’t have that many wild nuts, so I’m going to have to really dig for anything else besides acorns, beech nuts and beaked hazlenuts. I know walnuts and butternuts grow here in Maine, as well as a few straggler chestnuts. But given the spate of development over the last 25 years or so, all the trees I knew of have been cut down. And I would love to include these in my new book.

My question, then, is do any of you have on your propterty or know of the whereabouts of any nut trees? If so, I would like to get photos of it or them…photos of the bark and of the nuts.

I’d be exceedingly grateful for any help in this matter. In fact, if you have a tree and can take a digital image of it, I could use your photos and give you photo credit in the book.

Any interested persons can contact me at (207) 338-9746, or write me at Tom Seymour, 194 East Waldo Road, Waldo, ME 04915.

Next, I’m a featured speaker at Rural Living Day, to be held at Mt. View High School in Thorndike, Maine, on Saturday, March 31. My talk begins at 11:00 a.m. and should last at least one hour, possibly longer.

For more information on this event, contact:


  1. Hi Tom,
    We live in Wilton, ME and have two black walnut trees. They are both mature though one appears to be larger and more productive than the other. Our house was built around 1905. We have no idea if these would have been a native tree or if someone planted them along the way. We purchased our home in 2009. It's located close to the downtown and boat landing area. Prior to these trees, I had never seen other trees like it. Is this something that would interest you?

    Good luck in your search,
    Angela McLeod

  2. Angela,

    I sure am interested. I dearly need photos of trees, their bark and the nuts.

    You can write me at

    Thank you, Angela.