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Carya myristiciformis - (F.Michx.)Nutt.
                 
Common Name Nutmeg Hickory
Family Juglandaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Banks of rivers and swamps in rich moist soils, occasionally on higher ground[82] and often on limestone[11].
Range South-eastern N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Carya myristiciformis Nutmeg Hickory


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Carya myristiciformis Nutmeg Hickory
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
   
Physical Characteristics
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Carya myristiciformis is a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft 5in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 10-Jun It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[105, 177, 183]. Sweet, but with a thick shell[1, 229]. The seed is up to 3cm in diameter[229]. The seed ripens in late autumn and, when stored in its shell in a cool place, will keep for at least 6 months[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fuel;  Wood.

Wood - hard, very strong, tough, close grained[82]. A good fuel, burning well with a lot of heat.
Cultivation details
Prefers a deep moisture-retentive loam in a sunny sheltered position, requiring a good summer for best development[1, 63, 137, 200]. Slow growing[200]. Trees are said to only be hardy to zone 9[200], but there is a good specimen growing outdoors at Kew which is in zone 7[137]. Most species in this genus have quite a wide range of distribution and, in order to find trees more suited to this country, seed from the most appropriate provenances should be sought[137]. Most trees growing in Britain at present tend to only produce good seed after hot summers[137]. Trees are self-fertile but larger crops of better quality seeds are produced if cross-pollination takes place[229]. Large seed crops are produced every 2 - 3 years in the wild[229]. Plants are strongly tap-rooted and should be planted in their permanent positions as soon as possible[1, 137]. Sowing in situ would be the best method so long as the seed could be protected from mice[1, 200]. Trees are late coming into leaf (usually late May to June) and lose their leaves early in the autumn (usually in October)[137]. During this time they cast a heavy shade. These factors combine to make the trees eminently suitable for a mixed woodland planting with shrubs and other trees beneath them[137]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - requires a period of cold stratification. It is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[78]. Stored seed should be kept moist (but not wet) prior to sowing and should be sown in a cold frame as soon as possible[78]. Where possible, sow 1 or 2 seeds only in each deep pot and thin to the best seedling. If you need to transplant the seedlings, then do this as soon as they are large enough to handle, once more using deep pots to accommodate the tap root. Put the plants into their permanent positions as soon as possible, preferably in their first summer, and give them some protection from the cold for at least the first winter[78, K]. Seed can also be sown in situ so long as protection is given from mice etc and the seed is given some protection from cold[200] (a plastic bottle with the top and bottom removed and a wire mesh top fitted to keep the mice out is ideal)

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Eric Dircksen Thu Jan 13 16:19:00 2005
I would like to grow a nutmeg tree. Are viable seeds available? Thanks.
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