Carya tomentosa

Common name: Mockernut Hickory

Native plant

Mockernut is similar to Shagbark in form, but differs in leaf structure (seven leaflets versus five) and no shaggy bark. Mockernut grows well on well-drained sites in full sun or light shade, and like Shagbark, light shade early in life seems to help increase the rate of growth. Still, the year-to-year growth is slow. The fall color is a clear yellow and best among our local hickories. The name ‘Mockernut’ refers to the fruit, which appears to be very large, but in reality is rather small inside of a large husk.


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Woodies- Specialty Tree Tier 1
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

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

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Yards that Flood


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
30 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Edible fruit

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