... the hickory tree ...
has a gorgeous smell with a vanilla perfume
not thick or cloying
Sparkles but does not spit
Good heat with bluish tinged flames
Blue, purple and orange flames
Long burning with not many logs needed
for a good fire
“Hickory” is the common name for
sixteen different species
of the Walnut family.
This deciduous tree can grow to about
tall, with trunks up to twenty
four inch diameter, they are very
growing and some species are over
three hundred years old.
Our Hickory is from California
For centuries, Hickory wood has been
as a cooking wood
(especially in the southern states of America)
gives a wonderful strong, sweet flavour
to most meats but if you
want to smoke
Ham then this is the wood for you.
Grafted Hickory trees will produce
nuts after about
ten years, whereas
self rooting trees (they have a huge
will only start to produce
nuts after fifteen years.
Out of all the American Hardwoods,
Hickory is probably
the most sought after
wood for wood-burning stoves due to its
heat, excellent coals
and aromatic perfume.
It is an incredibly tough wood but very
with excellent shock absorption
making it ideal for a variety of
tool handles, drumsticks, bows,
In the past
it was also used for baseball
bats and golf club shafts.
Hickory is not an easy wood to split,
nor to light
due to its density
so don’t skimp on using kindlers
to get the fire going
Both Hickory and Pecan flowers rely on
the wind for
pollination in the Spring, nuts
can be produced from self-pollination
but it is better from a crop point of view
if the trees are unrelated.
The bark is very similar to Ash with quite
fissures and the wood is cream and
beige with some of the larger
having a dark brown heartwood centre.