Appalachian Hickory

Appalachian Hickory
(Carya spp)

General Description

The hickories are an important group within the eastern hardwood forests. Botanically, they are split into two groups; the true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing). The wood is virtually the same for both and is usually sold together. The sapwood of hickory and pecan is white, tinged with brown while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown. Both are coarse textured and the grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular.

Distribution & Availability

Eastern USA, principal commercial areas are the Central and Southern states. Readily available, but more limited if sold selected for color as either red or white hickory or pecan. For export, lumber may be limited in the higher grades and available mainly in thinner stock.