The Carya Tomentosa
is commonly known as Bullnut
, Mockernut Hickory
, White Hickory
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Mockernut hickory grows from Massachusetts and New York west to southern
Ontario, southern Michigan, northern Illinois, southeastern Iowa,
Missouri, and eastern Kansas; south to eastern Texas; and east to
northern Florida. Mockernut hickory is most abundant southward through
Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. It is also abundant in the lower
Mississippi Valley and grows largest in the lower Ohio River Basin
The currently accepted scientific name for mockernut hickory is Carya
tomentosa Nutt. [19
]. Recognized morphological varieties based on
differences in the leaves and fruit include [32
Var. subcoriacea (Sarg.) Palm. & Steyermark, commonly known as Gulf
mockernut hickory, it is distiguished from the typical variety by having
thicker, more pubescent leaves, and a fruit more prominently angled with
thicker and larger nuts.
Var. ficoides Sarg., commonly known as fig mockernut hickory, is
distinguished from the typical variety by having a stipelike base to the
Var. ovoidea Sarg., commmonly known as ovoid mockernut hickory, is
distinguished from the typical variety by having a long-acuminate ovoid
Mockernut hickory hybrid products are [32
C. tomentosa x C. illinoensis = C. X schneckii Sarg.
C. tomentosa x C. ovata = C. X collina Laughlin
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1992. Carya tomentosa In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.