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Plant Details

Carya aquatica

Water Hickory, Bitter Pecan

Scientific Name:

Carya aquatica

Common Name:

Water Hickory, Bitter Pecan

Plant Family

Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Size in Feet:

70 - 100

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont (rarely)

Male Catkins

Water Hickory is common on the coast in swamp forests that are flooded in the winter. Looking much like a Pecan tree, it differs in having pubescent leaflets, a flattened nut, and, when mature, scaly bark.

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Jack Spruill, 5/26/11, Hampstead

Female Flower Buds

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, 5/26/11

Nuts

Husks are thin, 4-winged and split nearly to the base. The nut is bitter.

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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