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North American Hickory

Hickory

Characteristics

The hickories are an important group within the eastern hardwood forests. Botanically, they are split into two groups: true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing). the wood is virtually the same for both and is usually sold together. The sapwood of hickory and pecan is white, tinged with brown while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown. Both are coarse textured and the grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular. The wood is well known for its very good strength and shock resistance and it also has excellent steam bending properties.

 

Availability

Eastern USA, principal commercial areas are the Central and Southern states. Readily available, but more limited if sold selected for color as either red or white hickory or pecan. For export, lumber may be limited in the higher grades and available mainly in thinner stock.

 

Uses

Tool handles, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, wooden ladders, dowels and sporting goods. Hickory is increasingly being exported for flooring, for its attractive rustic look and hardwearing properties.