This tree bears a slightly flattened, thick - shelled, strongly-pointed nut, with a light, apple-green hull. It is a very tall tree, and is sometimes mixed with the shellbark hickory on account of their both having the same general characteristics. The leaves are the same color, and are veined alike, but differ in being composed of seven, and sometimes nine, leaflets, while the leaves of the shellbark hickory are invariably composed of five. The kernel has a very poor flavor, and is enclosed in a thick, hard shell of a light orange color.