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Carya pallida

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Description

Sand hickory is a lage deciduous tree in the Juglandaceae (walnut) family native to the southeastern U.S.A.  As the common name suggests it commonly grows in sandy or rocky soils.  This straight trunked tree can reach a height of 80 feet and has a dense crown.  

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#large tree#native tree#NC native#deciduous tree
 
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Tags:
#large tree#native tree#NC native#deciduous tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carya
    Species:
    pallida
    Family:
    Juglandaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A. to southern IL
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    more than 60 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Pear-shaped to round nut 3/4"-1 1/2" wide, yellow when young dark brown when mature in early fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Moneceious male flowers catkins, female flowers in clusters at the tips of branches, appear in mid-spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, pinnately compound with 5-9 serrated, lance to ovate leaflets. Underside is pale, silvery and pubesent
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Ridges
    Scaly
    Smooth
    Bark Plate Shape:
    Diamond
    Bark Description:
    Smooth gray bark when young, forming furrows and scaly ridges with a diamond shape at maturity
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Red brown to dark brown with light lenticles, stout branches but more slender than other hickories. Buds are oval shaped with silvery scales and hairs. Leaf scars are three lobed.