Video:Hickory Treeswith Steve Nix
Trees in the genus Carya are commonly known as hickory trees. Here is a brief description of how to spot hickory trees and what kinds there are.See Transcript
Facts About Hickory TreesTrees in the genus Carya are commonly known as hickory. The hickory genus includes 17–19 species of deciduous trees with pinnately compound leaves and large nuts. A dozen or so species are native to North America and 5–6 species from China and Indochina.
Types of North American Hickory TreesThe hickory tree, along with the oaks, truly dominates the hardwood forests of North America. Some of the common North American Hickory Species are:
- Shagbark hickory
- Shellbark hickory
- Mockernut hickory
- Pignut hickory
- Bitternut hickory
Hickory Tree CharacteristicsHickory trees have tan, 5-sided or angled pith. They have variable bark. There are nuts and husks under the tree, and they have stout twigs with large terminal buds. Leaves are mostly alternate, pinnately compound, and finely toothed. Fruits of hickory trees are hard-shelled nuts.
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