Red Hickory (Carya ovalis)
Forest Types: Oak-hickory
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Primarily in upland woods; growing east of the Great Plains.
Stature: 50x-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with an oblong or rounded crown.
Leaves: Compound; composed of 7 (occasionally 5) leaflets; central leaf stem often reddish; leaflets candle-flame-shaped, finely toothed, with the end leaflets up to 6 inches long; green and smooth on top, finely hairy below.
Bark: Gray, sometimes with reddish hues; adnate and furrowed when young; developing furrows and criss-crossed ridges; sometimes breaking up into small strips that pull away from the tree with maturity, or sometimes remaining more or less adnate.
Nuts: 1/2 - 1 1/4 inches long; nut shell thin; nut sweet.
Some taxonomists consider red hickory and pignut hickory to represent the same, variable species.
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Kuo, M. (2011, June). Red hickory (Carya ovalis). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/carya_ovalis.html