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Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) - Zone 4

Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) - Zone 4

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Carya cordiformis - The bitternut hickory is a noble deciduous nut tree from southern Quebec and Ontario that can live 150 to 200 years. The nuts they produce in abundance have a bitter flesh. A quality cooking oil can be extracted from them that has no bitterness and a rich nutty taste.


It prefers moist lowlands, but will grow in higher ground as long as the soil is rich and well drained. It grows well even in the shade, which is why it is usually found in mature forests.


Although felling a healthy hickory is unlikely, its wood can be used for smoking food, for cabinet making and for making the best tool handles.

Size and shape

It can reach up to 25 m in height and 60 cm in diameter. It can live up to 200 years and grows rather slowly. The trunk is straight and slender. The top is composed of short branches spread upwards.


Self-fertile. The presence of at least two trees ensures a good production of ideal nuts.


Seedlings from the Montérégie region.
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