Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 30-100 ft Width: 30-50 (100) ft
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Excellent specimen or shade tree in areas where its roots will not be disturbed.
Considerations: Does not tolerate root disturbance. The author has lost multiple trees due to a fungal root pathogen that was apparently able to enter the tree when roots were disturbed by vehicles and construction.
Nut and leaf litter can be a problem in residential landscapes.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: mildly acidic to neutral
A favorite food of squirrels. Larval host for many moths including; luna moth (Actias luna), hickory leafroller moth (Argyrotaenia juglandana), royal walnut moth (Citheronia regalis), and walnut sphinx (Amorpha juglandis.
Native Habitats: Xeric hammock, mixed upland forest, pine-oak-hickory woods.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Nut is bitter.
Other Comments: Called pignut because pigs eat the nuts.