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Carya myristiciformis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
KAIR-yuh MUH-riss-tick-aa-for-miss
Description

Scaly, reddish-brown bark

This plant prefers moist rich soils.

Flower: 1.5 in. nut; native whitish bark

Site: Sun; range of soil types; drought tolerant

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#edible nuts#small mammals#NC native#Braham Arboretum
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#edible nuts#small mammals#NC native#Braham Arboretum
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carya
    Species:
    myristiciformis
    Family:
    Juglandaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Oklahoma to Alabama and NE. Mexico
    Distribution:
    Found in NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK, and TX
    Wildlife Value:
    Squirrels and rodents eat nut.
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Elliptical 1-1.2 inch long nut with a thin husk splitting along four ridges
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    7-14 in. alternate, pinnately compound leaves with 5-9 leaflets; silvery underneath; yellow fall color
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Scaly
    Bark Description:
    Dark brown with fissures turning into long thin scales with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals