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White Oak vs Bitternut Hickory

Quercus alba

Carya cordiformis

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White Oak
Bitternut Hickory

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features green acorns and beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall.

Bitternut Hickory is a large deciduous tree that makes a great shade tree for yards and parks. This tree is native to Eastern North America. Although it produces nuts, they are bitter and inedible. Some consider this wood to be the best flavour for smoking meats.

Plant Bitternut Hickory in it’s forever home. It is difficult to transplant due to its long taproot, and may not survive.

The wood is strong and has historically been used for wheels, ladders, and furniture.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

BITTERNUT HICKORY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 4a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 13 m (42 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: dark red
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Bark: ridged, durable
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Nuts: bitter
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: swamp hickory