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Pignut Hickory

Carya glabra

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Pignut Hickory

Carya glabra

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Fall Color

Botanical Name

Carya glabra

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Pignut Hickory is a large native tree, which lives for 300 years, that will grow about 1-foot a year to become 50 to 80 feet tall, and ultimately even 120 feet tall. It has a strong central trunk and a tall crown, spreading to about 40 feet wide. The large leaves are divided into 5 or 7 leaflets, glossy dark-green turning outstanding golden-yellow in fall. Older trees begin to produce crops of nuts that are too bitter for humans but devoured by all kinds of wildlife (as well as by pigs). An excellent choice to enrich existing woodlands, or to plant as a great tree for you and your family to come.

  • Large native deciduous shade tree
  • Attractive golden fall colors
  • Produces a heavy crop of nuts for wildlife
  • Long-lived and valuable contribution to the future
  • Good replacement for lost American chestnut trees

The Pignut Hickory grows best in full sun or with just a little shade. It prefers moist, rich, well-drained soils but grows fine in almost all ordinary soils that aren’t too dry or flooded. It doesn’t have any serious pests or diseases and needs almost no attention once it is established. Plant away from roads and buildings, as the nuts and twigs can be a nuisance on hard surfaces.

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