Pignut Hickory – Carya glabra

Location: 701 Brittany Lane close to front of house on left side

The nuts of the pignut hickory were eaten by the pigs of early settlers, as well as providing food for squirrels, raccoons and black bears. The nuts have a ridged husk which splits open in the fall when ripe. The tree grows to a height of 50-80 feet with a straight trunk and a rounded crown.

The leaves are compound, pinnate 6-12 inches long with 5-7 toothed leaflets and turn yellow in the fall. The gray bark is ridged in the mature tree. Early settlers also split the saplings to make brooms, giving rise to another common name – broom hickory.

Beautifying University City, MO