mockernut hickory
Carya tomentosa

Mockernut hickory is the most prevalent of the hickories, especially in the southern Appalachians. It is very long lived, occasionally enduring 500 years or more.

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Timber Value

      Mockernut wood is used for lumber, furniture, flooring, pulpwood, fuelwood, charcoal, tool handles, agricultural implements, meat-smoking, gymnasium equipment, agricultural implements, dowels, etc.


Wildlife Value
      Mockernuts are the preferred mast of many species of wildlife. Deer browse mockernut saplings.
          Attracts: mice, squirrels, rabbits, foxes, beavers, deer, bears, ducks, quail, turkey

Regeneration methods
      Clearcutting when advanced regeneration of mockernuts is present creates decent sapling stands. More shaded regeneration systems such as shelterwoods should also serve to minimize the competitive disadvantage of mockernut's slow growth rate.

Fun facts
As with most hickories, the wood is heavy and is used for a variety of products. Mockernut wood is the preferred hickory for smoking hams. The common name refers to the large fruits that, once husked and shelled, yield very little meat.
Carya: Greek "karya or kaura" (walnut -Juglans regia) / tomentosa: tomentose (hairy)
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