Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Mockernut Hickory
Carya tomentosa

Leaves are alternate, deciduous and pinnately compound with 7-9 obovate leaflets. Leaves and rachis are very hairy and lemon scented. Twigs are stout, red-brown and hairy with large hairy terminal buds. Bark is gray with interlacing ridges. Nut is round with a thick husk that splits to the base. Form is up to 30 m (100 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter. Mockernut hickory is found on a variety of upland sites in the eastern U.S. and is intolerant of shade. The hard wood is used for pulpwood and furniture. The nuts are eaten by many small mammals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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