Carya tomentosa

Carya tomentosa
Photo: Mockernut Hicory
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Carya tomentosa
Common name: mockernut hickory
Group: dicot
Family: Juglandaceae
Growth type: tree
Duration: perennial, deciduous
Origin: native
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Plant height: 60 to as high as 98’
Seed: thick shelled fruit/nut
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. One of the region’s most common hickories, it is distinguished from other hickories by its large whitish buds and large, pubescent leaves with 7-9 leaflets. The kernel of the nut is edible. 

Hickory is an important mast species for wildlife. Squirrels, bears, rabbits, rodents, beavers, chipmunks, fox and many bird species consume the nuts. Its hard wood has many uses: dowels, tool handles, ladder rungs, gym equipment and more. The tree is also important to cavity nesting animals.
Credit: USDA United States Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service data base