Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)
A North American native, Pignut Hickory is usually seen at 50 to 65 feet in height with a 30 to 40 foot spread making a desirable tree for a more moderate sized home landscape. The deciduous, 6 to 12 inch long leaves create a coarse, oval canopy, and the strong but irregularly-spaced branches resist breakage in storms, making it useful as a shade tree. Fall color is rich golden yellow, no other tree rivals it in late October. The green fruits are quite bitter and are popular with various forms of wildlife, but not man. Turns a striking bright yellow in the fall.