Carya floridana

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Scrub Hickory


Plant Specifics

Size:15-30 (47) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Fruit Color:Green,brown
Noted for:Fall color, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree. Use only where roots will be undisturbed.
Considerations:Nuts and leaf litter can be messy.
Propagation:Can be grown from seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Fruits eaten by small mammals. 


  • 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.
  • The species is wind pollinated, but the honeybee has been observed collecting pollen from the catkins (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Sandhill, clayhill, scrub

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit is edible but hard to get to (takes a major whack on the shell)