Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Size for Sale: 2-0, 12-18 inches
Native to the U.S.
Cold Hardiness Zone Where Species Typically Survives: 4-9
Range: most common from southern New England west to Iowa and from southern Michigan south to Kentucky.
Typical Mature Height: 50-70 feet
Light Requirement: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily), Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Soils: Acid, moist, well-drained
Habitat: Grows well along streams and swamps
Flower Color: yellow, green,
Bloom Time: mid-summer
Fruits: Bitter nut, inedible!
Uses: Bitternut is used for lumber and pulpwood. Because bitternut hickory wood is hard and durable, it is used for furniture, paneling, dowels, tool handles and ladders. Like other hickories, the wood can be used for smoking meat, and by Native Americans for making bows. Bitternut hickory seeds and its bark are eaten by wildlife.
More Information: Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA.