The favorite Pignut Hickory of James in Summer 2015


> Emma James

Tree species 

> Pignut Hickory


 > It is located in my front yard next to my driveway.


My favorite tree is known as the Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra). Located in my front yard next to my driveway, this tree thrives with great sunlight and flat land. It reaches a medium height of 22.4 feet (6.83 meters). Known for its hickory nuts that form on the tree in the spring, this tree is a big favorite of squirrels and other wildlife. The nuts are green in the summer, but will turn brown as they start to dry. On the branches, alternately arranged twigs look almost identical to stair steps. Five to seven leaflets form on a Pignut Hickory twig and my tree has 5! The leaflets on this particular tree are green with only one main vein and are not lobed. Little teeth surround its edges. These characteristics helped me to identify it specifically! The tree's bark is gray and smooth but when it begins to age, its bark becomes transformed into strips that are very visible. Shaped like a dome at the top, the Pignut Hickory is a healthy tree that we hope to see for a long time. I have watched this tree grow up outside my window for a very long time. Shade has always been provided for me at the best times. Relaxation and tranquility are some of the tree's best features. Reading under this tree helps me to clear my mind when I am stressed. When I was little, my family and I would always have picnics around our yard. The funny thing is that we would always have our picnics under this tree! Breaking nuts would always be what my dad liked the most on these picnics. Without this tree, I would never have made memories like those. I am not the only one who loves this tree, but my dogs are also big fans of it as well! I have taken pictures of them lying down and sometimes even asleep under this tree! The Pignut Hickory is the only tree in our front yard that has nuts! Our dogs like the nuts, but it was mainly there for squirrels or any other wildlife that made its home there! A beautiful touch is what this tree adds to our yard!

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 918

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 26

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 161

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 47



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