Tree ID Hickory?

farmboy1(5)February 26, 2012

I've got a 3' tall something that started growing last year near my porch. Before I dig it out, I'm wondering what it might be. A guess is some type of Hickory, as I've found a few of their nuts in my yard courtesy of my squirrel friends.

Should be a couple of pictures of the leaves at this link, turning yellowish around Halloween (Oct 31)

What sayeth the experts of this forum?

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Hrmmm... serrated leaves point to hickory instead of ash but fall color looks more like ash. From what I can see of the stem, it also looks grey like a hickory. If you can ID some of the mature hickory around your house, you might infer an ID with this one.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 9:07AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

a pic of your nuts might help with the ID ..

i mean the ones your squirrely friends have left laying around..

come on.. try to keep your head out of the gutter..


    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 3:40PM
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Two different plants in the two pics. First pic is a hickory, probably Bitternut Hickory (alternate leaves; yellow bud); second is an ash (opposite leaves).


    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 3:56PM
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Duh, dummy me for not realizing I posted pictures of two different plants.

Even dummier me for apparently getting rid of one I'd have liked to keep and let grow in a better location, the first pic with the serrated leaves. I've found a few hickory nuts in my yard, and know there are hickories in the area. tough to compare a small seedling with a mature tree, especially with no leaves.

The ash...there are a couple green ashes nearby, but the leaves look thinner. Hmm.



    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 8:47PM
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Resin nailed 'em.
The 'sulfur-yellow' buds are characteristic of bitternut hickory. It's easy to pick out, even as a tiny seedling.
Fast-growing, good fall color, but 99.9% of them produce astringent, inedible nuts which even the squirrels avoid - though they have perhaps the thinnest shell of any of the hickories.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 4:41PM
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