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An individual instance of Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
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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 (Carya tomentosa), another hickory with 7 leaflets, and which has much larger, non-yellow buds.  The bark is tight, unlike the shaggy bark of kingnut hickory (Carya laciniosa), 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. 

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-1047.

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Carya cordiformis

(Wangenh.) K. Koch

sec. 1993

common name: bitternut hickory
family: Juglandaceae
Identified 2006-04-24 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - winter
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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