Marnie L. Hutcheson

Home » Shady Grove Preserve » Hickory Buds Blossom

Hickory Buds Blossom

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 6 other followers

Archives


Hickories, Pecans,  and Walnuts are all part of the Walnut Family, Juglandaceae.  They are better know for their nuts than for their blossoms.  But for some, like the Pignut Hickory the real show is the opening of the buds.

For those of you who think “buds” are just little green lumps, here is a marvelous example of nature being extravagant.  This young Pignut Hickory has a sensational and explosive budding ritual each spring.  Some of the other Hickories bud with bright yellow petals, but this one is red and pink and a real eye catcher in the woods.  From the ground, it looks like the whole tree is covered with red blossoms.

The greenish cluster at the center of this “bud” are the new leaflets emerging.  Once the buds begin to open, it only takes a couple of days for the leaflets to unfurl and go to work; cleaning our air, releasing the oxygen we need to breath and locking up the carbon (that is causing global warming) for as long as the tree shall live.

And another thing… The amount of nuts that these trees produce is amazing.  They can be almost 2 inches in diameter, but the actual nut meat is very small.  The wildlife eat them all through the winter and well into the spring.   I don’t care for them myself, they are bitter, but they make wonderful ammunition for my sling shot.

(Click on any image in the list to see it full sized)


2 Comments

  1. Marie Marra says:

    Now who’d ever suspect one of the Standing People (what many Native Americans call “trees”) with a moniker like “Pignut Hickory” could be Putting On The Ritz like this?? Are the Pink-Red Blossoms to attract pollinators . . . Or just cuz they can??

  2. Beautiful. Just beautiful. What a wonderful place you live in.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: