Red Hickory


(Carya ovalis)

The red hickory is native to forests and uplands of eastern North America. It has edible, nearly oval-shaped fruit and nice fall colour. The nuts are edible and provide valued food for wildlife.

Red hickory trees commonly hybridise with other hickories and were considered a variation of the pignut hickory (carya glabra) until recently. The main difference is red hickory petioles are red, leaf-undersides are pubescent and leaflets are usually 7 (instead of 5). The bark is also tightly ridged and furrowed, turning slightly shaggy with age.


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