Carya glabra (Mill.) Sweet

Pignut Hickory

Family: Juglandaceae

Genus: Carya

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 60' tall and 35' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Alternate, pinnately compound leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets, to 12" long, yellowish-green, sharply toothed. Nut to 1.25" diameter, round. The nut splits at the base when ready. Large taproot makes transplanting hard.


Published in Hort. Brit. (Sweet) 97 in 1826.

Basionym Juglans glabra Mill.

Catesby's Natural History includes a drawing of the nut at Volume I Plate 38 and description at Page 38.

Native to eastern Canada and eastern and central US.

Introduced to cultivation in 1799.

RHS Award of merit in 1989.


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