University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Hickory Nut (Carya spp.)

Hickory nuts grow on large deciduous trees ranging from 50 to 80 feet in height depending on the species. The alternate, compound leaves have serrate margins. The nuts develop inside a smooth, green husk that turns black and splits open at maturity. The nut is hard, tan in color, slightly ridged, usually with a pronounced point at one end. Hickory grows wild throughout North and North Central Florida, but the nut is of little economic importance.