Hickory Seeds - Kingnut

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(Carya laciniosa) Deciduous. Zones 5-8.

The Kingnut Hickory, also known as the Shellbark Hickory, has arguably the finest flavour of the Hickorys as well as the largest seeds. 

Kingnut Hickory grow to 100 feet tall. Plant it now and future generations will enjoy sitting in its shade and foraging for nuts.   

As the King Nut Hickory matures, its smooth gray bark becomes beautifully textured and shaggy - a striking presence year-round. 

Hickories are self pollinating, however, cross-pollination generally produces a more abundant crop of better quality nuts so its best to plant two trees. 

Hickory wood is widely used to cure and smoke meats. It is extremely strong and makes heirloom quality tool handles, ladders, and furniture.  


Cold Hardiness: Zones 5 - 8

Edible: Yes

SizeLarge Tree

Growth RateMedium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 70 - 80%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun for maximum harvest, but shade tolerant.

Soil Preference: Rich, moist, well draining. Tolerant of clay.



- Soak seeds for 4 days, replacing water every 24 hrs. Follow with 120 days cold, moist stratification. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Stratify Tree Seeds".

*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 120 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner.*

- Plant stratified seeds in deep pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!

* Hickories send down a MASSIVE taproot so don't let them get too big in a nursery bed. Taproots can damage easily and a broken taproot can weaken or kill a young tree. *

- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant! 


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $9.99

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