Carya tomentosa

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Carya tomentosa
  • COMMON NAME: Mockernut Hickory
  • FAMILY: Juglandaceae
  • NATIVITY:  Found throughout from Pennsylvania to Illinois to Texas
  • GROWTH HABIT:  50-60’ (100’)
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone 4 to 9
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Found on rocky slopes and dry hills but grows best in moist soils.  
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative Upland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Grows well in moist areas and has a nice fall color.
  • FOLIAGE:   Alternate, pinnately compound, usually seven to nine leaflets per leaf.  The lower two leaflets are considerably smaller than the other five.  Yellow fall color.
  • BUDS:  Buds have pubescence.
  • BARK: Bark is finely furrowed and gray, pubescence makes this distinguishable.
  • FRUIT:  Hard nuts encased in a four-valved husk.
  • PESTS:  None serious.
University of Delaware

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