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Common Name: Mockernut Hickory

Species Name: Carya tomentosa (Poir.) Nutt.

Family Name: Juglandaceae

Plant Type: Trees



Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perennial
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern quarter of state along Missouri and Arkansas borders
Sun Preference Intermediate to intolerant of shade
Susceptibility Fungal diseases like leaf spot



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    One of the most common hickories, called white hickory due to sapwood color

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 18-inch diameter, 60-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious Broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Pinnately Compound
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Ovate Lanceolate
    • Stipules: No
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Not showy, catkins
    • Flower Color: Greenish-yellow
    • Flower Timing: Spring
    • Fruit Type: Nut-like



Habitat Tolerant of most site conditions, but most often found on poor, dry upland soils
Soil Type Rocky Uplands
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 to 8
Successional Stage Mid-successional



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