Red Hickory

Photo of the Tree

Although rare in Canada, red hickory occurs in scattered locations in southern Ontario, and much more abundantly in the eastern United States.

It grows up to 66 feet (20 metres) high and has an estimated life span of 200 years.

Its compound leaf consists of 5 to 7 leaflets. Its leaves lose their dark green summer colour and turn a beautiful yellow in the fall.

The red hickory has a nut enclosed in a husk. The nut is bitter and is not edible, except by pigs.

The red hickory prefers well-drained, even dry sites.

It is often found in mixed stands with other broadleaf species common to the region.

Owing to its majestic form, it is used as an ornamental in parks and cities.

Its wood is used in woodworking.


Photo - Leaf

Leaves, 5 to 7 toothed leaflets.


Photo - fruit

Fruits, bitter, unedible nuts.