Bitternut Hickory - Carya cordiformis Walnut Family (Juglandaceae)

It has large, compound leaves, a 1 inch, four-part nut, and yellow fall color.1

The gray-green bark has tight narrow ridges which become scaly on older bark. The bright yellow terminal buds are showy in winter.1

The alternate, compound leaves have 7 to 11 lance-shaped leaflets. The leaves are yellow-green with serrate margins and are paler underneath. The fall color is yellow brown.1

The fruits are nuts with four-winged husks and are thin-shelled. The nut is bitter and inedible.1