The bitternut (Hicoria minima) can be told from the mockernut and other species of hickory by its bud, which has no scales at all.
Elsewhere the pignut and the mockernut are called "hickory."
There are three other nuts that I know do well on the mockernut.
Other characters: The bark is close like that of the mockernut hickory.
The mockernut is the hickory-nut with a dark, brownish-colored shell, hard and thick and not easily cracked.
This makes it of value for there are few of our named hickories that will do well when grafted on the mockernut.
Note: Mr. Stoke showed the group a picture of a mockernut tree in one of his fields which he had girdled to kill it.
mockernut leaves are large, downy, yellow-green, turning to gold in autumn.
In 1933 I top-worked a mockernut with ten grafts of the Barnes.
The superior size of the fruit and the smallness of the kernel probably give rise to the common name, "mockernut."