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Bitternut Hickory

Bitternut Hickory

Carya cordiformis
Of the several hickories in Missouri, bitternut hickory is the only one with long, bright yellow buds. Its common name refers to the bitter taste of the nut—but the flavor doesn't put off squirrels, mice and deer!

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Black Hickory

Carya texana
This tree is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), has a tough husk that is doggone hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their rooting hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories."

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Missouri's Hickories

Hickory is an important part of Missouri's oak-hickory forest. Learn about the eight species of hickory found in Missouri.

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Image of a mockernut hickory tree

Mockernut Hickory

Carya tomentosa
Missouri is rich with hickory trees. This hickory stands out from the rest for its hard wood, thick-shelled fruit enclosing relatively small kernels, large and light-colored terminal buds and tight, never shaggy, bark.

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Oaks and Hickories

Oaks and hickories are the most numerous of the tree species in the state. But each species is distinct and each has its place in Missouri's forests.

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Pecan

Carya illinoinensis
One of Missouri’s favorite nut trees is the pecan, which is a type of hickory—and hickories are in the walnut family! Originally pecan had a fairly limited, southern distribution, but today it is found in and out of cultivation nearly statewide, owing to the popularity of the nuts.

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Pignut Hickory

Carya glabra
A rugged hickory of dry upland forests in the eastern Ozarks, the pignut has pear-shaped fruits with thin husks. Settlers were unimpressed with the nuts’ flavor and fed them to their hogs!

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Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata
Many Missouri trees are quite useful, and shagbark hickory is a great example. Its wood makes excellent, slow-burning charcoal, its nuts are edible and its wood is used for many implements. Wildlife from moths to squirrels to bats appreciate shagbarks, too!

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Shellbark Hickory (Big Shagbark Hickory)

Carya laciniosa
This is the largest of the true hickories and has the best-tasting hickory nuts in Missouri. Compared to shagbark hickory, it has larger leaves and more leaflets, plus large nuts and orange twigs.

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Time for Squirrels to Start Cuttin’ Hickory Nuts

Just about the time kids head back to school, it's time to head to the nearest hickory tree for some squirrel huntin'.

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