Campus Tree Walk | Pignut Hickory
Pignut Hickory | Carya glabra
Pronunciation: KAIR-ee-uh GLAY-bruh
Scientific Name: Carya glabra
Common Names: Pignut Hickory
Origin: native to the eastern half of the United States and extreme southern Ontario
Height: 50 to 65 feet | Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Description: Another member of the Hickory family, the Pignut Hickory is common throughout the Southeastern United States. Also producing an edible fruit, the pignut hickory nut is not as popular as the other members in its family, such as the pecan and walnut, but has been widely used in earlier times as a food source for native people in this region. Hickory wood is highly desired for its hardness, and is commonly used to make furniture, tool handles, as firewood, and for different cooking purposes.