Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya alba   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 053-02-009:
Carya tomentosa   FAMILY Juglandaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya tomentosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory


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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_12

January        

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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.

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm160328_003

March    Greenville County    SC

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

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JK Marlow    jkm160328_165

March    Greenville County    SC

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

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JK Marlow    jkm0204m_21

April    Greenville County    SC

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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.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa_8

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_tomentosa

July        

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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.

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JK Marlow    s050807_e

August    Greenville County    SC

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

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JK Marlow    jkm0509i_23

September    Greenville County    SC

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

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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.