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Black Hickory, Texas Hickory, Buckley Hickory, Pignut Hickory
Carya texana


Black hickory grows in areas with Post Oak and Blackjack Oak, on dry, sandy, rocky, steep eroded hillsides. It is extremely widely adapted, growing in areas of average annual rainfall that range from 26 to 52 inches, and reaching heights of 30 feet (or even less) to almost 140 feet. Besides the pecan, this is Texas's most western hickory. The nuts are tough and extremely hard to crack.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun

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

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: moderately thick shelled nut that is extremely hard to crack

Height: to 140 ft.

Width: to 100 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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