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Carya myristiciformis (nutmeg hickory)

Synonyms: Carya fernowiana; Hicorius fernowiana; Hicorius myristica; Juglans myristiciformis

Wikipedia Abstract

Carya myristiciformis, the Nutmeg Hickory, of the Juglandaceae or Walnut family, also called swamp hickory or bitter water hickory, is found as small, possibly relict populations across the Southern United States and in northern Mexico on rich moist soils of higher bottom lands and stream banks. Little is known of the growth rate of nutmeg hickory. Logs and lumber are sold mixed with other hickories. The nuts are an oil-rich food for wildlife.
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Height [2]  98 feet (30 m)
Screening - Summer [1]  Moderate
Screening - Winter [1]  Porous
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 6 Low Temperature: -10 F° (-23.3 C°) → 0 F° (-17.8 C°)
Light Preference [1]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [1]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [1]  Intermediate
Water Use [1]  Moderate
Flower Color [1]  Yellow
Foliage Color [1]  Green
Fruit Color [1]  Brown
Fall Conspicuous [1]  Yes
Fruit Conspicuous [1]  Yes
Bloom Period [1]  Mid Spring
Drought Tolerance [1]  Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Fire Tolerance [1]  Low
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Frost Free Days [1]  8 months
Fruit/Seed Abundance [1]  Medium
Fruit/Seed Begin [1]  Summer
Fruit/Seed End [1]  Fall
Growth Form [1]  Single Stem
Growth Period [1]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [1]  Slow
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Wind
Propagation [1]  Bare Root, Container, Seed
Root Depth [1]  4.0 feet (122 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [1]  Slow
Seed Vigor [1]  High
Seeds Per [1]  124 / lb (273 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [1]  Erect
Specific Gravity [3]  0.6
Structure [2]  Tree
Usage [2]  Wood - hard, very strong, tough, close grained; A good fuel, burning well with a lot of heat.
Vegetative Spread Rate [1]  None
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Little River National Wildlife Refuge   Oklahoma, United States


Acrocercops transecta[4]


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Attributes / relations provided by 1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License 3Forest Inventory and Analysis DB version 5.1, May 4, 2013, U.S. Forest Service 4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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