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Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory, Whiteheart Hickory, Hognut, Bullnut, Fragrant Hickory, Bigbud Hickory, Hardbark Hickory
Carya tomentosa


Mockernut hickory is the most commonly encountered hickory in eastern Texas, where it is found in the pine forests west to eastern Travis County. It grows on dry slopes but does best on rich well-drained bottomlands in areas with more than 45 inches annual rainfall. Its leaves are large, hairy, glandular, resinous, and fragrant. The common name refers to the difficulty in extracting the small, sweet nut from its thick shell.

Plant Habit or Use: large tree

Exposure: sun

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

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small, sweet nut encased in 4-valved husk

Height: to 115 ft.

Width: to 60 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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