Carya glabra

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Carya glabra
  • COMMON NAME: Pignut Hickory
  • FAMILY: Juglandaceae
  • NATIVITY: Found throughout woodlands from Pennsylvania to Florida.
  • GROWTH HABIT: 50-60’
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone 4 to 9
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Moist to dry soils and rich woodlands.  Full sun.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative Upland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Tall specimen with yellow fall color.
  • FOLIAGE:   Alternate, pinnately compound.  The terminal leaflet is the largest, with usually five to seven leaflets per leaf.  Yellow fall color.
  • BUDS:  Imbricately scaled, though the outer two scales color sixty percent of the bud.
  • BARK:  Rich and furrowed but not identifiable.
  • FRUIT:  Hard nuts encased in a four-valved husk.
  • PESTS:  None serious.
University of Delaware

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