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68.Pignut Hickory

Carya glabra

 

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 9
Height:
50 – 60 with a maximum of 100
Spread:
25 – 35
Habit:
Tapering trunk and a regular, open, oval head of slender, contorted branches
Light:
Full sun or partial shade
Soil:
Found in well-drained to dry, fairly rich soils
Flowers:
Inconspicuous, yellow
Fruit:
3/4– 1 1/4 diameter nut
Landscape use:
Handsome and ornamental specimen tree, valuable for parks, estates and large properties, makes a nice sheared hedge
History:
Native range is Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to Georgia, Illinois and Iowa; introduced about 1705
Pests\Problems:
None serious
Significant Features:
Important timber tree; strong, hard wood is used for tool handles and fuel; beautiful color in autumn

 

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Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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