Gale McGranahan, a walnut breeder with the University of California, Davis, has released the new early harvesting cultivar Ivanhoe.
The new cultivar has a harvest date similar to Payne or Serr and about a month earlier than Chandler, according to a Cooperative Extension newsletter.
Ivanhoe leafs out with Payne and Serr but the female bloom is about a week earlier. The male bloom follows.
Payne, Ashley or Serr are suitable pollenizers.
Ivanhoe is high yielding, producing light-colored kernels.
Trees are not resistant to walnut blight.
The new cultivar can be purchased from licensed commercial nurseries.