Carya aquatica

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Carya aquatica
  • COMMON NAME: Water Hickory
  • FAMILY: Juglandaceae
  • NATIVITY: Virginia to Florida to Texas; South
  • GROWTH HABIT: 60-80’
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone 6 to 9
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Moist, wet plains.  Found in old growth forests.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Obligate
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Tall, native species, that grow well in swamps.
  • FOLIAGE:   Narrow leaflets, usually 9 to 11, all relatively same size.  Long, lanceolate, serrated.  Turns yellow-green in the fall.
  • BUDS:  Valvate, terminal buds are dark reddish brown.
  • BARK:  Light brown, splitting to dark brown.
  • FRUIT:  Hard nuts encased in a four-valved husk.  Attractive to wildlife.
  • PESTS:  None serious.
University of Delaware

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