* Leaves opposite compound, 8-14",with 5-7 hairless leaflets; tufts of
hair on leaflet teeth are visible under a lens and are a distinguishing
mark of the species.
* Buds covered with scales.
* Twigs stout, red-brown, hairy or shiny.
* Bark shaggy, light-colored.
* Nut egg-shaped, edible, 1 3/8-3" long, with a yellowish husk that splits
to the base.
* Height: 60-90'.
* Habitat: Mature woodlands, fencerows.
* Range: Southern Canada and the eastern half of the United States.
* Hickory wood, now relatively rare, burns extremely well, and great
amounts of it were used by the American pioneers to heat their homes.
The aroma of burning green hickory wood has long been used to give
smoked hams and cheeses their distinctive flavor. Where did you think
Hickory Farms got its name?
* President Andrew Jackson, for his toughness as a general in
the War of 1812, was given the sobriquet "Old Hickory" by his
men. Today, his grave lies under six shagbark hickories.
* The photo at right comes from Donald Peattie's 1950 A
Natural History of Trees, page 137.