Tree Features: Pignut Hickory – Carya Glabra

Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra) is a medium size tree that Pignut hickory reaches 50′ to 60′ high. Pignut hickory growing on dry ridgetops and slopes throughout. Pignut Hickory wood is heavy, hard, and strong and is mostly used for tool handles.

The nuts they are an important food for squirrels and chipmunks.

Pignut Hickories have alternate, compound, 8″-12″ long usually with 5 leaflets. Buds are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, the smallest of our native hickories.

Pignut Hickories have Gray to dark gray, tight bark that becomes shallowly fissured in older trees.