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Bitternut Hickory

Bitternut Hickory

Bitternut Hickory

Carya cordiformis


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.


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Zone: 4a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 13 m (42 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Bark: ridged, durable
Nuts: bitter
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high

Other names: swamp hickory

Tags: All Items, Deciduous Trees, Fall Colour, Native North America Plants, Native Ontario Plants, Native Quebec Plants, Nut Trees, Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees

Ships to Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes

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