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Pignut Hickory, Pignut, Sweet Pignut, Coast Pignut Hickory, Smoothbark Hickory, Swamp Hickory, Broom Hickory, Switch Hickory, Red Hickory, Switchbud Hickory
Carya glabra var. glabra


Pignut hickory, an uncommon tree in east Texas, grows on well-drained sandy ridges. It recently has been merged with swamp hickory, Carya leiodermis, which grows in lower, wetter areas, so it would seem to be adapted to diverse habitats. The fruit is variously described as bitter and sweet. It appears to be a good well-adapted tree in the upper south, with good yellow fall color.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green, females inconspicuous, males in catkins.

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: nut with 4-valved husk

Height: to 60 ft.

Width: to 35 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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