This is the large tree that grows at the end of Buttrick Hall nearest Rand/Sarratt.
Bitternut hickory leaves typically have 7 to 9 leaves. Its yellow buds
differ from the reddish buds of red hickory (which also has leaves with 7 leaflets). The twigs are also more slender than the twigs of mockernut hickory
), another hickory with 7 leaflets, and which has much larger, non-yellow buds. The bark
is tight, unlike the shaggy bark of kingnut hickory
), which also typically has 7 (or 9) leaflets..
The husks of the nuts
have four wings, are relatively thin, and covered with yellow scales. The nuts are bitter and not good to eat. This particular tree has not been observed to produce nuts.
Bitternut hickory is fairly common in middle Tennessee. This is the only known bitternut hickory on Vanderbilt's campus.