Carya glabra

pignut hickory


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 30-100 ft    Width: 30-50 (100) ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      yellow,green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
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.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: mildly acidic to neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
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

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Nut is bitter.

Other Comments:

Called pignut because pigs eat the nuts.