Audubon® Native Black Hickory

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The mighty Audubon® Native Black Hickory Tree (Carya texana) is a fantastic deciduous hardwood tree that can reach a modest 30-60 feet at maturity and spread to 20-30 feet wide. Adaptable and cold-hardy, these living Bird-Friendly trees cast deep shade with long pinnate leaves and yellowish-green catkins that become edible fall nuts if your tree is female!

Native Hickory trees feature gorgeous green foliage similar to other trees in the majestic Walnut family, all growing season and incredibly vibrant yellow fall color is an autumn treat! The setting sun shines through these trees and sets them alight, setting off the dark, furrowed bark that is the namesake for these trees! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 9, these drought tolerant trees are fantastic wildlife sanctuaries.

Highly adaptable native trees thrive in the hottest, xeric and tough sites while being venerable hotels and buffets for wildlife, birds and butterflies! Playing host to over 200 caterpillars from butterflies and moths, that a wide variety of songbirds feed their young, including Vireos, Eastern Wood Pewees, and Scarlet Tanagers, Chickadees, Thrush, Robins and more! Since these trees are either male or female, be sure to plant in groups and create your very own nut tree grove - for both yourself and your wildlife!

Planting and Application:

Audubon® Natives like the impressive Black Hickory are classic bird sanctuaries! Housing flocks of birds and wildlife, while mature trees support entire ecosystems among their branches. Smaller than the average Hickory and tougher in drier conditions and heat, these trees add lush shade and mighty form in the landscape!

These are fantastic lawn and shade trees! A single specimen will set your front yard alight each fall and fill your backyards with birdsong. You’ll enjoy reduced cooling costs and increased home equity with a large, long-lived tree like a Hickory planted on the grounds. Plant in large open spaces and big backyards so a single tree can shade the entire area. So plant your juglone-tolerant or native perennial shade gardens beneath these limbs without worry! Or just use the dense shade for your hammock!

  • Long Bright Green Foliage
  • Tall Open Canopy & Straight Trunk
  • Gorgeous Golden Fall Color
  • Wildlife, Bird & Butterfly Habitat
  • Shade, Lawn & Specimen Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hickory Trees need full sun and rich well-drained soil. These hardy natives adapt to a wide range of conditions and soil types. Prune as a young tree to maintain a single stem leader, little pruning is needed after that. Mulch the root zone to hold in moisture and insulate the roots. Water young trees regularly while establishing, but after, these deer-resistant trees are adaptable to very moist conditions and occasional drought.

  • Full Sun
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil - Tolerates Clay
  • Thrives in Moist, Rich Soil
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Heat & Cold-Hardy USDA Zones 5-9

Audubon® Native Black Hickory Trees are large-scale specimens that shade your home and house tons of wildlife! Plant adaptable and hardy native trees and shrubs to help retain the native biodiversity in your area while supporting birds, butterflies and wildlife! Order yours today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Audubon® Native Black Hickory Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Audubon Native Plants & Trees
Botanical Name Carya texana
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 30 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No