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8 most common species:
Carya glabra
Pignut hickory
Pignut hickory is a tree native to the Eastern United States. The fruit of the pignut hickory is usually bitter and is the reason for the tree’s name, as it has been deemed fit for only “pigs and other animals” to eat. Pignut hickory wood is often used in sporting equipment and as tool handles due to its tough yet flexible qualities.
Carya ovata
Shagbark hickory
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) is a hickory tree native to the United States and Canada. Shagbark hickory grow edible nuts that have a sweet taste. Andrew Jackson, a famous historical United States president, was nicknamed old hickory after the tree which has tough wood.
Carya cordiformis
Bitternut hickory
Bitternut hickory is most often used for lumber due to its durability. It is utilized for building items such as furniture, ladders, or tools. Due to it being hickory, it is used to smoke meat.
Carya alba
Mockernut hickory
Mockernut hickory is the most abundant of the hickories and has a long life span of up to 500 years. The nuts from this tree are edible, and the wood is considered by many to be the best of all hickories and is frequently used to make rustic furniture.
Carya illinoiensis
Pecan
Pecan is a stately deciduous tree best known for its tasty pecan nuts. Generally grown in southern, warmer states, the pecan trees are known for being messy and quite large. A single tree can grow up to 40 m tall and 23 m wide.
Carya pallida
Sand hickory
Sand hickory (Carya pallida) is a tree species that can grow to be 24 m tall. Sand hickory is native to the southeastern United States. This species produces edible nuts.
Carya aquatica
Water hickory
It is considered important in cleansing drainage waters since the plants slow water flow during flooding, allowing sediments to fall out of the water column. This tree species is tolerant of wet soils but grows best on well draining soils near rivers and other water ways.
Carya laciniosa
Shellbark hickory
Wildlife and people harvest most of them; those remaining produce seedling trees readily. The wood is hard, heavy, strong, and very flexible, making it a favored wood for tool handles. A specimen tree has been reported in Missouri with 1.2 m diameter at breast height, 37 m tall, and a spread of 23 m.

All Species of Hickories

Pignut hickory
Carya glabra
Pignut hickory
Pignut hickory is a tree native to the Eastern United States. The fruit of the pignut hickory is usually bitter and is the reason for the tree’s name, as it has been deemed fit for only “pigs and other animals” to eat. Pignut hickory wood is often used in sporting equipment and as tool handles due to its tough yet flexible qualities.
Shagbark hickory
Carya ovata
Shagbark hickory
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) is a hickory tree native to the United States and Canada. Shagbark hickory grow edible nuts that have a sweet taste. Andrew Jackson, a famous historical United States president, was nicknamed old hickory after the tree which has tough wood.
Bitternut hickory
Carya cordiformis
Bitternut hickory
Bitternut hickory is most often used for lumber due to its durability. It is utilized for building items such as furniture, ladders, or tools. Due to it being hickory, it is used to smoke meat.
Mockernut hickory
Carya alba
Mockernut hickory
Mockernut hickory is the most abundant of the hickories and has a long life span of up to 500 years. The nuts from this tree are edible, and the wood is considered by many to be the best of all hickories and is frequently used to make rustic furniture.
Pecan
Carya illinoiensis
Pecan
Pecan is a stately deciduous tree best known for its tasty pecan nuts. Generally grown in southern, warmer states, the pecan trees are known for being messy and quite large. A single tree can grow up to 40 m tall and 23 m wide.
Sand hickory
Carya pallida
Sand hickory
Sand hickory (Carya pallida) is a tree species that can grow to be 24 m tall. Sand hickory is native to the southeastern United States. This species produces edible nuts.
Water hickory
Carya aquatica
Water hickory
It is considered important in cleansing drainage waters since the plants slow water flow during flooding, allowing sediments to fall out of the water column. This tree species is tolerant of wet soils but grows best on well draining soils near rivers and other water ways.
Shellbark hickory
Carya laciniosa
Shellbark hickory
Wildlife and people harvest most of them; those remaining produce seedling trees readily. The wood is hard, heavy, strong, and very flexible, making it a favored wood for tool handles. A specimen tree has been reported in Missouri with 1.2 m diameter at breast height, 37 m tall, and a spread of 23 m.
Red hickory
Carya ovalis
Red hickory
The red hickory is generally encountered as a medium-sized tree, capable of growing to 30 m in height. The single trunk is straight and often continues for the entire height of the tree, although sometimes splits into several large limbs once the canopy has been breached.
Pecan
Carya illinoinensis
Pecan
Pecan is a valuable nut tree for commercial cultivation. This native plant of North America produces nutritious pecan nuts, and the wood is valued for making veneer, furniture, and for smoking meats when rendered into charcoal.
Nutmeg hickory
Carya myristiciformis
Nutmeg hickory
Nutmeg hickory is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown, often found in wet, sandy soils along rivers and floodplains. Its bark is deeply furrowed, and its pinnate leaves contribute to a dense canopy. The fruit is a distinctive, elongated drupe resembling a small, hard pear. Each autumn, nutmeg hickory sheds its leaves, flanking its habitat with a golden-brown hue.
Carolina shagbark hickory
Carya carolinae-septentrionalis
Carolina shagbark hickory
Carolina shagbark hickory is a deciduous tree known for its tall stature and strong wood. Its pinnate leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall, offering a stunning display. The tree's edible nuts, encased in a thick husk, are a food source for local wildlife. Typically thriving in well-drained soils, carolina shagbark hickory has deep roots that enable resilience and adaptation to its native Southern US environments.
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Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
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Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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8 most common species:
Carya glabra
Pignut hickory
Pignut hickory is a tree native to the Eastern United States. The fruit of the pignut hickory is usually bitter and is the reason for the tree’s name, as it has been deemed fit for only “pigs and other animals” to eat. Pignut hickory wood is often used in sporting equipment and as tool handles due to its tough yet flexible qualities.
Carya ovata
Shagbark hickory
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) is a hickory tree native to the United States and Canada. Shagbark hickory grow edible nuts that have a sweet taste. Andrew Jackson, a famous historical United States president, was nicknamed old hickory after the tree which has tough wood.
Carya cordiformis
Bitternut hickory
Bitternut hickory is most often used for lumber due to its durability. It is utilized for building items such as furniture, ladders, or tools. Due to it being hickory, it is used to smoke meat.
Carya alba
Mockernut hickory
Mockernut hickory is the most abundant of the hickories and has a long life span of up to 500 years. The nuts from this tree are edible, and the wood is considered by many to be the best of all hickories and is frequently used to make rustic furniture.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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