Hickory, also called Shagbark Hickory (scientific name: Caryaovata), has a heartwood of light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue. Sapwood is pale yellow-brown. Its texture is medium and grain is straight (sometimes wavy).

Hickory is commonly found in eastern United States . It is non-durable, very prone to insect attack, and perishable due to heartwood decay.

Janka Hardness :
8,360 N (1,880 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
800 kg/m3 (50 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
It is difficult to work with, and prone to tear-out during machining if cutter is not sharp. Also causes cutting edges to become blunt. It is good with glues and stains, and finishes well. Responds well to steam bending.


Pricing / Availability

Generally, species of Hickory wood are bundled together with species of Pecan wood and are sold in the markets under the name of Hickory. Depending upon the supply rate, it is usually priced in the low-mid range, with its pricing being comparable to that of similar hardwoods like Soft Maple and Red Oak.



It is not listed either in IUCN’s Red List or in the CITES Appendices.


Common uses

It is widely used in making ladder rungs, for flooring purposes, in wheel spokes and in tool handles.



South Carolina


New Jersey


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