Carya pallida

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Sand Hickory


Plant Specifics

Size:80-100 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Fruit Color:Green,brown
Noted for:Fall color


Recommended Uses:Shade tree where falling/fallen nuts will not be a problem.
Considerations:Slow growing. Nut and leaf litter may be a maintenance problem in residential landscapes.
Propagation:Seed. Difficult to transplant except when sufficiently small that the tap root is not disturbed.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat 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:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Small mammals (squirrels and other rodents) consume nuts. 


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:Dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.