A Hickory ID Request

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#11)  Re: A Hickory ID Request

Postby ElijahW » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:16 pm

Josh & Brian,

Thanks.  To keep from influencing the results, I'll hold off on giving my opinion just yet.  I really only have strong confidence about tree #4.  Traveling north of Syracuse, the only native hickories you're likely to encounter will be Bitternut and Shagbark, and even those species fade quickly once you get into the mountains.  This is unfamiliar territory for me, and I value greatly your expertise.  I'm excited to verify what these species are in a few months.

"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks
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#12)  Re: A Hickory ID Request

Postby bbeduhn » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:50 pm

I forgot how far north you are. Hickories do tend to look a bit different at northern latitudes than at southern latitudes. #1 doesn't look much like southern mockernuts but it does have a ropey appearance in its bark. #4 is a little perplexing. Fortunately, the nuts make them easy to tell apart with the exception of red and pignut. Mockernut has thick twigs. Your #4 is likely bitternut like you surmised. It's usually smoother barked but can look a little pignutty with squared off edges.

These two links cover hikories quite well.

http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/pages/c ... kories.htm
https://extension.tennessee.edu/publica ... PB1810.pdf
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