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Pignut Hickory Tree

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 50 - 60 Feet
  • Mature Spread 25 - 35 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 9

Pignut Hickory or Carya glabra are medium to large deciduous trees. These trees are known for their strong, straight trunks. The dense canopy has a rounded, oval form. Oblong leaves come to a point and have slightly serrated edges. The green foliage turns vibrant yellow by fall for a burst of color. The gray bark has deep furrows and offers a coarse texture. Inconspicuous catkin flowers give way to nuts that are green through the summer but turn brown when they mature in the fall. The oblong nuts are edible but have a thick husk and a bitter taste. Pignut Hickory Trees reach 60 to 80 feet tall and 25 to 40 feet wide.

Use the Pignut Hickory as a shade tree on a lawn or to establish a woodland landscape. The flowers support pollinators, while the nuts attract small animals. Pignut Hickory Trees are native to the U.S., and once these trees acclimate, they thrive with little care. These trees are generally pest and disease resistant for a worry-free landscape.

Pignut Hickory Tree Care

Plant Pignut Hickory Trees in full to partial sun. Provide rich, loamy, or sandy soil with an acidic to neutral pH. The ideal soil will be moist but promote drainage. Young trees need water for the first couple of growing seasons, while acclimated trees are drought tolerant.

Prune to shape the trees and remove crossed branches. Time pruning for late winter or early spring to reduce the risk of disease. Pignut Hickory wood is strong, so consider hiring a professional if substantial pruning is needed on a mature tree.

Pignut Hickory Tree Spacing

Select a planting area free from overhead obstructions. Space Pignut Hickory Trees 60 feet away from buildings and roads. Trees can be planted 25 feet from center to center from other trees. The dense canopy creates partial shade, which is ideal for low-light groundcovers.

Pignut Hickory Tree Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 50 - 60 Feet
Mature Spread: 25 - 35 Feet
Spacing: 25 - 35 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Description: Yellow-green Catkins
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green Shades
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Disease
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Sensory Gardens, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Foliage Interest
Common Name: Pignut Hickory Tree
Other Name(s): Hickory
Scientific Name: Carya glabra

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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