Carya glabra

Pignut Hickory

  • Family: Juglandaceae
  • Form: Medium to large deciduous tree, 60-80 ft. tall by 20-30 ft. wide, varying with location and soil type
  • Leaves: Alternate, 8-12 in. long, pinnately compound with 5-7 leaflets. Leaflets are glabrous, serrate, elliptic with acuminate apices and slightly oblique bases and measure 2-5 in. long by ½-2 in. wide. Prominent yellow midribs
  • Stem/Bark: Stems and terminal buds are smaller than most other hickories. Young bark is smooth and gray, older bark is highly ridged and furrowed
  • Flower: Monoecious; Male flowers are 2-3 in. long, pale green, drooping catkins with heavy pollen that is wind dispersed to the female flowers, which are very short and found in terminal clusters; both appear in spring
  • Fruit: An oval shaped, slightly flattened nut about 1" long is encased in a dark brown, smooth husk. Splits open slightly when ripe in the fall
  • Comments: 6 species of Cayra occur naturally in Florida. C. glabra is found on high and dry sites in central and north Florida, and throughout the eastern U.S.
  • Additional Resources: Wikipedia Link
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