Carya cordiformis
  • Carya cordiformis

Carya cordiformis


(Bitternut Hickory) A handsome tree native to North America, Carya cordiformis has large green, pinnate leaves which turn yellow and gold in autumn.

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Handsome, rare tree which is native to Eastern North America, Carya cordiformis has large, dark green, pinnate leaves which turn an excellent yellow and gold in autumn before they fall. Slow growing at first, but once established is more vigorous. In a good position, Carya cordiformis will produce round nuts that while edible, have a high tannin content and are extremely bitter.

A large, striking garden tree prized for its autumn colour!

  • Position: Full sun or light, partial shade.
  • Soil: Fertile, well drained soil. Will tolerate chalky soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Carya cordiformis will establish itself better in a warm garden.
  • Flowering Period: April - May.
  • Flower Colour: Yellowish-green
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Large, stately tree.
    • Height: 25 m (82 ft)
    • Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
  • Notes: This plant is notably resistant to honey fungus. Carya are usually sold as young plants as they quickly develop a strong tap root and do not grow very quickly in containers.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Large (over 50 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Autumn Colour

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