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Identify hickory please

Posted by gageville Missouri (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 2, 08 at 16:37

We have an old farm with the usual shagbark, black, and mockernut hickory trees. There is one unusual hickory tree we've been unable to I.D. The nuts fall about a month later than the other hickories. The hulls are about handball size, kind of oval, and avocado green. The shell looks like an English walnut - much larger and browner than other hickory nuts. The meat is much bigger and easier to get out also. It tastes closer to a pecan than a hickory nut. The girl at the information desk at the Conservation dept. said her father-in-law had a tree he called a "hickon" tree. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks to all who take the time to respond!

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RE: Identify hickory please

What you probably have is a hybrid between a Pecan (Carya illinoensis) and one of the Hickory (Carya sp.)trees, known as a "Hican".
The 2 are closely related and natural hybrids occur between the Pecan and several species of Hickory.
There has been an ongoing effort by a number of organizations to develop commercially productive cultivars to provide nuts for the marketplace.
A number of commercial Hican orchards are now in production, but I haven't found the nuts at any of my local markets.
Enjoy your prize and share the tasty nuts with your friends!

RE: Identify hickory please

There are several types of hicans as the poster above indicated. I have a little sapling "Lecont Hican". It is a natural cross between the water hickory and pecan. I think it was first found in the south somewhere.

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