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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya tomentosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Carya alba

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 053-02-009:
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Hicoria alba

 

COMMON NAME:
Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory


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image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Ron Lance    jkm110219_651

        

Note variation in husk thickness & dehiscence, and nut shape, size & sweetness.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm191222_2362_c_tomentos

    Clay County    AL

Cheaha State Park

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_12

January        

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_5

January        

Bark is gray, fissured and ridged in a netlike pattern, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm0402c_03

February    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

There's been confusion and controversy for centuries over the specific epithet, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm160328_003

March    Greenville County    SC

Staminate catkins pedunculate, to 14 cm, stalks and bracts hirsute, scaly, per Flora of North America.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm160328_165

March    Greenville County    SC

Staminate flowers in prominent cylindrical catkins, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm210309_8889

March    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm0204m_21

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_15

June        

Stout hairy twigs and pale terminal buds, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_8

June        

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa

July        

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    s050807_cd

August    Greenville County    SC

Usually 7 leaflets, varying in size; margins coarsely or finely toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    s050807_e

August    Greenville County    SC

Petioles pubescent, foliage aromatic when crushed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

JK Marlow    jkm0509i_23

September    Greenville County    SC

Fruit up to 2" long and rounded, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Carya tomentosa, Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory

Ron Lance    jkm110219_646b

Month Unknown        

Husk 1/4-3/8" thick, hard, freely splitting to the base. Shell angled, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya tomentosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Carya alba

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 053-02-009:
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Hicoria alba

 

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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

Habitat: forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-9 leaflets, usually 7
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-3 lobed
Inferior ovary

Staminate flowers in elongate catkins

FRUIT:
Fall
Nut

 

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