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.

References:

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Retrieved from http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbilt/12-20

Sky Meadows Nature Guide (n.d.). Red hickory (Carya ovalis). Retrieved from https://www.skymeadows.info/red-hickory

The Morton Arboretum, (n.d.). Red hickory. Retrieved from https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/red-hickory