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L. C. Maisenhelder and John K. Francis
Nutmeg hickory (Carya myristiciformis), also called swamp hickory or bitter water hickory, is found as small, possibly relict populations across the South and in northern Mexico on rich moist soils of higher bottom lands and stream banks. Little is known of the growth rate of nutmeg hickory. Logs and lumber are sold mixed with other hickories. The nuts are an oil-rich food for wildlife.