Water Hickory

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Water hickory, Carya aquatica, is a major constituent of clay flats, sloughs, and backwater areas near streams and rivers of the South.  Water hickory trees reproduces aggressively from both seed and sprouts; regenerate aggressively in swamps and wetlands, and can also be grown as shade trees.

Also known as Bitter Pecan, Water Hickory attains its best growth on moist but well-drained loamy or silt-type soil.  It can survive on poorly drained, tight textured soils that are flooded in winter and parched in summer.

The male and female flowers appear in spring, while the leaves are developing, and the male flowers are in stalked catkins on branches of the current or previous year.  The female flowers are in short spikes or stalks.

This hickory is best known for its use in smoking meats, such as ham and bacon, whose rich, hickory-smoked flavor are a southern tradition.

The Water Hickory is a spectacular tree, yielding many hickory nuts that are wrinkled and bitter tasting.  These nuts are extremely popular with wildlife, including wild hogs, wood ducks and squirrels!

* Regenerates aggressively

* Food for wildlife

* Wetlands


Water Hickory Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5 - 9
Growing Zones 5 - 9
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Carya aquatica
Foliage Dark Green
Mature Height 80 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Widely adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow