This post is one of a series from professor Nisse Goldberg's Biology students at Jacksonville University.
Carya glabra, pignut hickory, is a hardwood tree found along the eastern coast of North America. Pignut hickory is one of seven Carya species found in Florida, where it is common in both the central and northern portions of the state. At typically 60' in height and half that in width, this tree's oval-shaped canopy and sturdy branches provide the foundation for a terrific shade tree. It grows in mesic to dry hammocks, where it is often associated with oaks (Quercus spp.).
The leaves on a pignut hickory tree are odd-pinnately compound (usually with 5 or 7 leaflets) and deciduous (Figure 1). It is sexually monecious, so each tree produces both male and female flowers; in Florida, this happens around …