Carya tomentosa (Lam.) Nutt.
Mockernut hickory, Mockernut, White hickory, Whiteheart hickory, Fragrant hickory, Bigbud hickory, Hardbark hickory, Hognut, Bullnut
Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)
Synonym(s): Carya alba, Carya tomentosa var. subcoriacea, Hicoria tomentosa, Juglans alba
USDA Symbol: CATO6
USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Mockernut hickory is a 50-60 ft. tree which can reach 100 ft. in height on good soil. Its dark bark is rough and thin with shallow furrows and narrow ridges forming a net-like pattern. It does not peel like Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata). Pinnately compound, deciduous leaves turn bright, golden-yellow if the tree has not suffered drought. Small, barely edible nuts are enclosed in a large, thick shell.
Formerly listed in NPIN as Carya alba. The wood of this common hickory and related species is prized for furniture, flooring, tool handles, baseball bats, skis, and veneer. Hickory wood has a very high fuel value, both as firewood and as charcoal, and is the preferred wood for smoking hams. People must arrive early to gather hickory nuts before they are consumed by squirrels and other wildlife. The former Latin species name, tomentosa, meaning densely covered with soft hairs, describes the undersurfaces of leaflets, a characteristic that makes this tree easily identifiable.
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
ArcheWild Native Nurseries - Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Wellspring Organic Farm and Education Center - West Bend, WI
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carya tomentosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carya tomentosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carya tomentosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-11-12
Research By: TWC Staff