Carya lacinosa

Common name: Kingnut

Native plant

The largest nuts in the Carya genus for Illinois are produced by this tree, and they taste great too. Growing on flood-plains and moist areas throughout its range, we’ve seen it growing in the wild as far north as Batavia, Illinois. Kingnut can get very large, but it may take a little time to get to that size because of its modest growth rate. We’ve seen them planted in yards and gardens, not to mention in the wild, and it makes a heck of a shade tree.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $26
11 to 24 units $24
25 or more units $22

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period




Growth form

Single trunk

General information

Mature height
70 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
1 080 Inches
Max width
80 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Edible fruit

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