At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Juglandaceae
Latin Name: Carya tomentosa
Foliage: Dark yellowish-green
Fall Foliage: Yellow-brown
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Rounded
Bark: Thin dark gray with scaly ridges
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 40 to 60 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

The Mockernut Hickory is classified as a member of the Juglandaceae (walnut) botanical family and is known for its extremely slow-paced growth. This is countered, however, by the fact of this tree’s longevity, since it is known to survive for over 500 years. Carya Tomentosa goes by many alternative names, with “Mockernut”, “White Hickory”, “Whiteheart Hickory”, “Hognut”, and “Bullnut” amongst them. This species is widespread throughout the east coast of the United States, and is regarded as the most abundant of the hickory tree varieties.

A straight-growing mature Mockernut Hickory can surge up to 60-80 ft. in height. Its deciduous branches are arranged to form an overall rounded canopy configuration, spanning out to a maximum spread of 40-60 ft. This tree favors humid climates and has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating. It thrives in medium, well-drained soils and would be ideally situated in full sun to partial shade.

The bark of the Mockernut Hickory is gray, thin, and deeply furrowed. This coloration is accented by the tree’s smooth compound leaves (though their undersides are downy), colored a bright yellow-green that later gives way to even brighter autumnal gold. In April and May, the Mockernut Hickory produces catkins of a similar color, yielding great amounts of pollen that are easily dispersed by the wind. The name “Mockernut” was inspired by the tree’s fruits: meaty and sweet little kernels, locked away within large thick-skinned shells. These seeds are dispersed from September through December; optimum seed production actually takes place when the tree is in its prime—which is usually the time span between the 40-125 year old mark. Mockernut Hickory seeds are consumed by a variety of birds and other animal species; the tree cavities also offer adequate shelter and serve as a nesting ground for a diversity of wildlife.

The Mockernut Hickory’s wood is valued as commercial timber, prized for both its hardness and hardiness. It has commendable strength and shock resistance, and is commonly capitalized for the creation of tool handles, wheel spokes, floors, and ladder rungs. Since this timber offers greater-than-average thermal energy content when burned, it is also a preferred source of fuel wood. It can be furthermore used as charcoal when cooking meat, with its smoke enhancing the food’s flavor.

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