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Mockernut Hickory is the most abundant of the Hickories in its range in the Eastern U.S., and one of the most long-lived, reaching up to 500 years of age. This is a fifty- to one hundred-foot tall, slow-growing tree, with a straight trunk up to three feet across and spreading branches. Trunk bark of adult Mockernut Hickory is dark gray to brown and coarse, with irregular, intertwining furrows. The wood of the Mockernut Hickory (like the other Hickories) is valued for its strength, hardness and flexibility. The toughness of its wood made this tree very important to the Cherokee nation, who used the Mockernut Hickory to make tool handles and arrow shafts. The wood is still used today for a range of implements for the same reasons. Mockernut Hickory produces good crops of relatively large nuts, which are an extremely important food for wildlife. Although the nutmeat is edible and sweet, it is difficult to remove, giving rise to its common name.