Carya cathayensis

Chinese Hickory

In Stock: 5.036 lb (Total:5.036lb)
  • Carya cathayensis

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Cut (Full Seed)
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5.04 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours, rinse and change the water, repeat process daily for 4 days
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Looking for a versatile tree that offers both valuable wood and delicious edible seeds? Look no further than the Carya cathayensis, also known as Chinese Hickory. This deciduous tree can reach a height of 18 meters and produces delicious seeds that can be eaten raw or cooked. Rich in oil and with a sweet flavor, these seeds are highly esteemed by the Chinese and can be stored for at least 6 months when kept in a cool place. Plus, the oil from these seeds can be used in cooking.

Beyond their culinary uses, the wood of the Carya cathayensis is highly valued for its hardness, toughness, and elasticity, making it ideal for tool handles and other crafting projects. Additionally, this tree is a great source of fuel, burning well and giving off a lot of heat.

Hardy to zone 6, this versatile tree is self-fertile and prefers moist soil, as well as light (sandy), medium (loamy), and heavy (clay) soil with either acid, neutral, or basic (alkaline) pH levels. It cannot grow in shade, and it produces monoecious flowers (with separate male and female flowers on the same plant) that are pollinated by wind. Overall, the Carya cathayensis is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a functional and delicious addition to their landscape.

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