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Nutmeg Hickory, Swamp Hickory, Bitter Water Hickory, Bitter Waternut
Carya myristiciformis


Nutmeg hickory is a somewhat rare tree that grows in small stands in the north- and southeast of the state, and in the Edwards Plateau. Because of this spotty distribution pattern (which it shares with Durand oak), it is considered by some to be a relic of an earlier age. Its dark rounded fruit resembles a true nutmeg nut.

Plant Habit or Use: large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green, females inconspicuous, males in catkins.

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: nut with 4-valved husk

Height: to 100 ft.

Width: to 70 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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