Where To Grow
It is considered a close cousin of pecan and is typically found in moist bottomlands, though will tolerate dryer ground.
Size at Maturity
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Bitternut hickory is distinguished by its relatively smooth bark and sulfur-yellow buds. The pinnate leaves typically have 5-9 bright-green leaflets that turn yellow in the fall.
As its common name implies, this tree produces a bitter tasting nut that is rejected by many animals.
As with all hickories, the tree develops a prominent taproot and should be transplanted when relatively small or grown directly from seed