Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Sand Hickory
Carya pallida

Leaves are alternate, deciduous and pinnately compound with 7-9 lanceolate to obovate leaflets with silvery-blue to silvery-yellow scales on the underside and a lightly pubescent rachis. Twigs and terminal buds are similar to pignut hickory but are yellow-glandular. Bark is gray-brown and ridged. Nut is similar to pignut hickory but the husk has yellow scales. Form is up to 30 m (100 ft) tall. Sand hickory is found on dry sandy sites in the eastern Coastal Plain and is intermediate in shade tolerance. The hard wood is used for fuel and the nuts are eaten by many small animals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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