Mockernut Hickory – Carya tomentosa

Mockernut Hickory, Carya tomentose, is a medium to large, deciduous, nut bearing tree. It has rounded crown with thick foliage and usually grows 20 to 25 meters tall, with a straight trunk, up to 0.7 meters in diameter, with dark gray bark, furrows and flattened ridges. Mockernut Hickory is native to North America, mostly found in the eastern and central US. It grows in mixed forest with other trees and plants including: Oaks, Pines, Sassafras, Maples, Sumac, American Elm, Wild Grapes, Honeysuckle, Blueberries, Witch Hazel, Goldenrods and with other Hickories (Shagbark Hickory and Pignut Hickory).

Carya tomentose leaves are compound, dark yellowish-green, 15-30cm long with 5-7 aromatic serrated leaflets, 7-14cm long, with downy and glandular undersides. Flowers are Insignificant, yellowish-green. Male flowers appear on drooping long catkins and the female on short spikes. They are followed by rounded nuts. However, trees will not fruit until they reach about 25 years old.

Mockernut Hickory Nuts

Mockernut Hickory nuts are encased in a thick, four-grooved husk, 3-5cm long, with round or pear like shape. The husk splits open in fall when ripe. Nuts are edible for humans but can be very difficult to extract from the husks, they are also eaten by a variety of mammals including squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and black bears. Large trees can produce considerable litter through fruit (nut) and leaf drop.

Mockernut Hickory Propagation Methods

Plant propagation is by seed (nuts). Animals help disperse seeds so that new hickories can grow elsewhere. Mockernut Hickory grows on a variety of soils including wet, fine loams, sandy textured soils. For Best performance the plant is grown in hummus rich, medium moisture, and well-drained soils in full sun. Generally, there are No serious insect or disease problems affecting the plant. Carya tomentose is a member of the family Juglandaceae the genus Carya.

Mockernut Hickory, Carya tomentose

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    While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:

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    time of harvest season
    disease and pest resistance.

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