Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)

  • Pignut Hickory is usually seen at 50 to 65 feet in height with a 30 to 40-foot-spread but is capable of slowly reaching 120 feet in the forest. The deciduous leaves create a coarse, oval canopy, and the strong but irregularly-spaced branches resist breakage in storms, making it useful as a shade tree.
  • The green fruits are quite bitter and are popular with various forms of wildlife, but not man. Since fruits may damage cars as they fall and people could roll on the fruit and lose their balance, it may be best to locate the tree away from streets, parking lots and other areas where cars regularly park.
  • This tree has turns a striking bright yellow in the fall.
  • Pignut Hickory grows best in sun or partial shade on well-drained, acid soils and is very drought-tolerant. Trees will show minor-element deficiencies on alkaline soils. It grows well in sand or clay, sending deep roots down below the trunk in well-drained soil.
  • Hickory wood is versatile and is used for chair legs, tool handles, including axes and hammers, and for smoking meat and fish.

Information Source: Carya glabra: Pignut Hickory

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