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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Woodies- Specialty Tree Tier 1
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
70 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
1 080 Inches
Max width
80 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Great Shade Tree Loved by birds Edible fruit

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