Nutmeg Hickory - Carya myristiciformis
The common name of this uncommon hickory is derived from the size and shape of the fruit, which is much the same as the true nutmeg. It grows in rich bottomlands in scattered southern locations, from Texas to Alabama with a disjunct occurrence in central South Carolina. The leaves have 5-9 leaflets, and the twigs are golden-brown. Trees may reach over 110 feet in height and have an open, rounded crown. The leaves are as much as 5 inches in length, and the leaves more than a foot. The nuts have a thick shell and a sweet kernel within; they are eaten by birds and rodents.