Carya tomentosa

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Mockernut Hickory

Juglandaceae

Also known as Carya alba

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Size:60-80 (90) ft tall by 40-50 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Fall color

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Large shade tree. Plant where falling/fallen nuts will not be a problem.
Considerations:Plant where nut and leaf litter will not be a problem.
Propagation:Seed. Difficult to transplant unless done when small enough not to impact the top root.
Availability:Native nurseries
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:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Small mammals and other wildlife consume nuts. 

Insects:
 

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 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Nuts are edible. The wood is prized for furniture, flooring, tool handles, baseball bats, skis, and veneer. Hickory wood has a very high fuel value, both as firewood and as charcoal, and is the preferred wood for smoking hams.