Flower: Male flowers are drooping catkins, with 3 hanging from one stalk, 3 to 4 inches long. Female flowers are short, 4-angled on a terminal spike. Flowers appear April to May.
Fruit: Nearly globose but slightly flattened, 1 inch long, partially dehiscent from the middle to the sharp-pointed tip. The husk is thin and 4-winged above the middle, often dusty yellow looking. Maturing in September to October.
Twig: Moderately stout to slender (when compared to other hickories). Leaf scars are 3-lobed. The terminal bud is valvate, 4-angled and sulfur-yellow in color.
Bark: Smooth when young, much later with shallow furrows and interlacing ridges. The bark appears to be thin, tight and feels quite hard.
Form: A medium-sized tree with an open, rounded top.
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