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The heartwood of Walnut can range from a light pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with deeply hued streaks. Secondary colors can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast.
The grain seen in walnut is typically straight, but can be irregular including: burl, crotch, and curly variants. The texture is uniform, with a moderate natural luster.
This wood species in not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is reported by the IUCN as being near threatened. This listing is for the wild populations of the tree: it should be noted that nearly all of the available lumber comes from cultivated trees.