Mockernut Hickory

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The Mockernut Hickory tree, Carya tomentosa, is also called a White Hickory, Whiteheart Hickory, Hognut and Bullnut.

The gray bark of this tree is marked with branching ridges and deep furrows.   The twigs are stout and reddish-brown to grayish-brown in color.  Mockernut Hickory is so named because the nuts are large but with thick shells and very small kernels. The unusually small kernels from the nuts are sweet and edible. 

This tree grows well on rich, moist, well-drained soils of upland areas.  Mockernut Hickory trees grow throughout most of the eastern United States and westward to eastern Texas.  It is most common in the southern part of its range and grows very slowly.

As with the Shagbark Hickory, the wood of this tree is hard, strong, tough and elastic, and is used in handles for tools and in athletic equipment.

It is long lived, sometimes reaching the age of 500 years!  This and the other hickories are very desirable both for forest and shade trees. 

* Edible nuts

* Slow growing

* Long lived




Mockernut Hickory Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Carya tomentosa
Foliage Green
Mature Height 50 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow