Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

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Key Characteristics

  • Buds sulfur yellow, granular-scurfy, valvate and appearing naked
  • Leaves pinnately compound, usually 9 relatively narrow leaflets
  • Fruit 4-winged to about the middle; husk splitting halfway to the base
  • Bark tight, smooth or with narrow, interlacing ridges and shallow fissures, not shaggy in appearance
  • Characteristic of fertile, moist, cool sites and mesic hardwood forests

Sourced from page 267 of "Michigan Trees"


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