Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Carya illinoensis
Best Characteristics for Identification: Earlywood pores in a single row. Semi-ring porous. Banded parenchyma throughout earlywood and latewood.
Uses: Many products where high strength is required such as handles and ladders. Lumber, cabinets, flooring, furniture.
General Natural Range: Iowa south to Texas and Louisiana and into Mexico.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: Bitternut hickory, water hickory, nutmeg hickory.
Other Species Easily Confused With: Shagbark hickory
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Pecan is semi-ring porous whereas shagbark hickory is ring porous. Banded parenchyma is found in both earlywood and latewood in pecan but only in latewood in shagbark hickory.