Hardy Planting Zone- Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Season - Spring
Bloom Color - Yellow-green
Height at Maturity - 60ft to 80ft
Soil Type Preferred- Most soil types must be well-drained
Sun or Shade - Full to partial sun
Hickory trees are durable trees that thrive under most soil conditions.
In total, there are around 20 different species of hickory trees.
In general, hickory trees are hardy trees that bloom in the late spring. Their yellow flowers bloom from catkins. Their leaves sprout from a long stalk, which can contain anywhere between 7 and 15 leaves. The edges of these leaves are uneven, with either serrated or rounded edges. Hickory leaves turn yellow in the autumn season.
Hickory bark is covered in vertical ridges. As the tree ages, the bottoms of these vertical pieces split off and fall to the ground. One species, the Shagbark hickory, was named after this phenomenon.
Hickory trees are well known for the nuts that they produce.
They reach total growth in 10 to 15 years, and this is when hickory nuts begin to form.
The nuts of some hickory trees can be eaten, while others are only fit for wildlife consumption. In most species, the nuts shell is thick and hard to open. Once opened, they split evenly down the middle. Larger nuts present a problem when they fall from the trees, as they can easily damage cars or people. Because of this, hickory trees should be planted far away from busy streets or sidewalks. Hickory trees planted in full sun will bear more nuts than those growing in partial shade.
Hickory trees are hardy, and most of them can survive in a wide variety of soil types. What is most important is that the soil has good drainage. The long, snaking roots of hickory trees are perfect for anchoring them during wind storms or other harsh weather.