A RESILIENT, LONG LASTING WILDLIFE OASIS
- Mossy green foliage in the summer, changes to a bright orange in the fall
- Many birds and wildlife species benefit from the deliciously sweet nut that grows within the foliage, and drops to the ground below
- Provides home for an assortment of insects like beetles, caterpillars, and leafhoppers
- Works well in a setting with many large growing trees, or a statement tree in your yard
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
- Mature Height: 35-50' tall
- Mature Width: 25-40' wide
- Exposure: Part Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 30-50' apart
Why plant Audubon® Native Black Hickory Treeling?
Black Hickory brings life to barren spaces. This rugged, resilient native takes the hottest, driest, most challenging sites and turns them into oases for wildlife—especially birds! Hickory Trees host over 230 species of caterpillars, not to mention a wide assortment of plant bugs, aphids, leafhoppers, and beetles, making these noble shade trees into veritable three-star Michelin restaurants for birds. Some birds think Hickories such as Black Hickory offer quality lodging as well. Vireos, Eastern Wood Pewees, and Scarlet Tanagers are a few of the birds known to nest in their canopies. Turn your yard into a songbird bed and breakfast!
The indomitable Black Hickory is found in the south-central United States, in a region encompassing parts of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. It grows on dry, rocky hills along with other tenacious trees like Blackjack Oak and Post Oak. In those challenging environments, Black Hickory grows very slowly and never reaches its true potential in size. A mature tree may be only 30 feet tall. Where it has access to regular water and better soil, Black Hickory becomes a mighty shade tree. The nation’s largest, in Texas, stands 107 feet tall and has a 56-foot-wide canopy.
How to use Audubon® Native Black Hickory Treeling in the landscape?
Black Hickory nuts have a thin shell, making them much easier to crack open than other Hickories. Still, small birds may have a hard time breaking into them. You can smash a few nuts with a rock or mallet and put the pieces in your birdfeeder for easier access. With a little help, cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, yellow-rumped warblers, grosbeaks, towhees, titmice, and sparrows will appreciate the energy-rich nuts.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9
How To Plant Audubon® Native Black Hickory Treeling
Grow Black Hickory in full sun in a site with well-drained soil. This is a good choice for a dry area where most forest trees would struggle. Still, proper care during the first few years is important. Provide regular water while the roots are getting established. Using the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System will ensure your tree gets a good start. Black Hickory is a slow-growing, long-lived tree—a legacy tree that you plant for future generations. The benefits to birds may come fairly quickly, however, in the form of insect meals. Do not spray your hickory with pesticides!
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water very slowly and very thoroughly. The water needs to reach to the bottom of the root ball and that takes time. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.
How To Prune
A young tree may need a little extra support to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. Stake your new Treeling with a 6-8 foot tall wood or bamboo stake. Use expandable ties that will stretch as the tree grows, fastening the stake to the main trunk from the base to the top. Check the ties every few months, at least twice a year; ensuring the ties are not digging into the trunk. If there is any sign of this, take the tie off and reattach it, giving the tree more room to grow.
As your tree grows, remove a few of the lower branches each year in mid to late summer. Remove these lower branches before they reach 1/2 inch in diameter. It is better to make small cuts to avoid cutting a large, more mature branch - this is too stressful for the tree. Each year, make any corrective pruning needed, paying particular attention to removing damaged branches, rubbing branches, multiple leaders at the top, or suckers at the base. Limit any pruning to no more than 25% of the branching structure in a given year. Pruning benefits the tree and helps to achieve a balanced tree form.
After two or three years you can feel free to remove the stake from the tree.
How Does Shipping Work?
Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
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