A handsome, slow-growing tree with pinnate, walnut-like, light-green, deciduous leaves. It is of a spreading habit and delights in good, rich, bottom soil and a sheltered situation. The wood is heavy, hard, tough and strong. The nuts of many species such as the pecan and the shagbark are of good flavor and are produced in large quantities on the older trees. Any one having a piece of land by the side of a creek, where the soil is deep and rich and the situation well-sheltered, should plant a few Hickories.
Carya alba (the shellbark Hickory) makes a grand specimen from sixty to seventy feet high.
Carya olivaeformis (the Pecan-nut tree) also becomes a splendid tree. It differs in habit from the Hickory, being more upright in its form and having from twelve to fifteen leaflets on each leaf.
Propagate by seeds planted in Fall or Winter one inch deep where they are intended to remain permanently.