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Video:What Is the Major Hickory Species in North America?

with Jen D'Amore

Hickory Trees can be found in North America, and produce large, oval nuts with woody shells. In this About.com video, learn what the major hickory species are in North America, and where these trees predominate.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is the Major Hickory Species in North America?

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about hickory.

What are the Major Hickory Species in North America?

There are 13 types of Hickory in North America, predominantly in the eastern half of the US in the southern states. 

Hickory is the carya genus of trees, so they share certain characteristics including:  
They are deciduous canopy trees with pinnately compound leaves, each one 2-8 inches long, with and odd number of leaves , between 7 and 17, growing in pairs from a single stalk, with one single leaf at the end.

What do Hickory Trees Produce?

Hickory trees produce large oval nuts with a woody shell that splits once it has matured, but not all hickory nuts are edible.

Hickory wood is strong and shock absorbing. It used to be used for baseball bats and continues to be used to make furniture, tool handles, and cutting boards.

One familiar type of hickory tree is the pecan, which produces edible nuts that are popularly used in many dishes, or eaten plainly roasted. Some of the other common types of hickory found in North America are Shagbark, Shellbark, Mockernut, Pignut, and Bitternut hickory.

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