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Illustration of bitternut hickory leaves and nuts.

Bitternut Hickory

Bitternut hickory, Carya cordiformis.

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Illustration of bitternut hickory leaves and nuts.

Bitternut Hickory

Carya cordiformis
Of the several hickories in Missouri, bitternut hickory is the only one with long, bright yellow buds. Its common name refers to the bitter taste of the nut — but the flavor doesn't put off squirrels, mice, and deer!

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Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

Black Hickory

Black hickory, Carya texana.

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Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

Black Hickory

Carya texana
Black hickory is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), is awfully hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories."

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Hickory Nut Pie

Hickory Nut Pie

Hickory nut pie with pecans for decoration.

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Hickory Nut Pie

MDC Wild Edibles: First Time Hickory Nut Pie

By A. J. Hendershott, Missouri Department of Conservation Outreach and Education Regional Supervisor

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Missouri's Hickories

Hickory is an important part of Missouri's oak-hickory forest. Learn about the eight species of hickory found in Missouri.

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Image of a mockernut hickory tree

Mockernut Hickory

Carya tomentosa
Missouri is rich with hickory trees. This hickory stands out from the rest for its hard wood, thick-shelled fruit enclosing relatively small kernels, large and light-colored terminal buds and tight, never shaggy, bark.

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Oaks and Hickories

Oaks and hickories are the most numerous of the tree species in the state. But each species is distinct and each has its place in Missouri's forests.

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pecan tree

Pecan

Carya illinoinensis
One of Missouri’s favorite nut trees is the pecan, which is a type of hickory—and hickories are in the walnut family! Originally pecan had a fairly limited, southern distribution, but today it is found in and out of cultivation nearly statewide, owing to the popularity of the nuts.

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