Mockernut Hickory (Carya alba)

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Forest Types: Oak-Hickory, No. Riverine, So. Riverine


Bark furrowed, not breaking up into shaggy plates; leaves compound, with 7 fuzzy leaflets; nut shells moderately thick; growing east of the Great Plains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Varied, from high ground to river bottoms; growing east of the Great Plains.

Stature: 50-90 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown.

Leaves: Compound; composed of 5-9 (usually 7) leaflets; leaflets candle-flame-shaped, finely toothed, with the end leaflet 4-7 inches long; yellowish green and finely hairy on top, paler and fuzzy below.

Bark: Dark gray; shallowly furrowed into X's and diamonds.

Nuts: 1 1/2 -2 inches long; nut shell up to 1/4 inch thick; nut 4-sided, sweet.

Carya tomentosa is a synonym of Carya alba.

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Carya alba

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