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Hickory - 25 Trees

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Hickory Trees

Hickory trees are deciduous trees in the Juglandaceae family- a vast family of plants. It includes walnuts and pecans as well as hickories. These plants are native to North America. They are common in the eastern United States and Canada. They grow mainly in the Midwest and Southeast but can also be found as far west as California and Texas.

The scientific name for hickory trees is Carya ovata, which means "oval nut." This name was given because of its oval-shaped nuts, similar to pecans, except they have more than one seed per kernel.

Hickory Trees Are Easy To Love

They have a beautiful, distinctive autumn color and an attractive, open growth habit.

Hickories are medium-sized deciduous trees between 60 to 80 feet tall and spread from 20 to 40 feet wide. Their leaves are pinnately compound with smooth margins.

Hickories have small, inconspicuous flowers on short spikes in spring, followed by showy clusters of nuts (hickory nuts) that attract wildlife. The nuts have many uses, from food for humans and animals to wood for furniture making.

The hickories prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade if it's not too deep or long-lasting — especially during years when there is less rainfall or the soil is dryer than usual. The best soils are moist but well-drained, slightly acid to neutral pH (6.0 - 7.0), moderately fertile, and rich in organic matter such as compost; avoid vibrant soils that cause root rot problems in some species.

Hickories proliferate initially but then slow down considerably once they reach full size after about ten years; they don't need pruning unless you want them trimmed back for visual reasons.

The Hickory TreesLovely Appearance

Hickory trees have compound leaves that grow alternately on the stem. Each leaf has 12 to 20 leaflets arranged in pairs along the midrib of each leaf, with one leaflet at each end of the pair being much smaller than the others.

  • The shape of hickory leaves varies according to species:
  • Eastern shagbark hickory has oval-shaped leaves with pointed tips.
  • Mockernut hickory has lanceolate leaves with rounded tips.
  • Pignut hickory has ovate-shaped leaves with blunt tips.
  • Shellbark hickory has ovate-shaped leaves with pointed tips.