Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Pignut Hickory
Carya glabra
Location: One large by north fence in woods; two younger at edge of woods. The woods are an "oak-hickory savannah."
Hickory wood is extremely tough, yet flexible, and is valued for tool handles, bows (like yew), wheel spokes, carts, drumsticks, lacrosse stick handles, golf club shafts (sometimes still called hickory stick, even though made of steel or graphite), the bottom of skis, walking sticks and for punitive use as a switch (like hazel), and especially as a cane-like hickory stick in schools. And is it ever tough! Splitting it into firewood is an adventure.
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Genus: Carya (hickory)
Family: Juglandaceae (walnut family)
Order: Fagales (woody plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)