Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue; sapwood is a paler yellowish brown. Boards with contrasting heartwood and sapwood create a somewhat rustic appearance that’s sometimes marketed as Calico Hickory.

Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy, with a medium texture. Pores are medium-sized and open.

Figured Bitternut Hickory

  • Common Name(s): Bitternut Hickory

    Scientific Name: Carya cordiformis

    Distribution: Eastern United States

    Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter

    Average Dried Weight: 46 lbs/ft3 (735 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .60, .74

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