Two native American nut trees that feed all kinds of wildlife animals and game birds are the hickory tree and the Allegheny chinquapin bush. The chinquapin sweet kernel is intensively attractive to birds, as the chinquapins freely fall from the burr in the autumn. The hickory tree is slow to bear nuts but produces reliable annual quantities of nuts when maturity is reached. Very few nut trees produce or thrive in wetlands, but the hickory can be found growing wild near many rivers and streams and cover the ground with abundant quantities of nuts in the fall. Chinese chestnut trees are reliably, highly productive producers of massive nuts, and the trees produce chestnuts in almost every State because of the extreme cold hardiness. Any grower of papershell pecans can tell you that he declares war on wildlife animals during the fall, animals and birds that pour out of the woodlands to ravenously consume his highly valued nut crop. Humans love chestnuts and pecans about as much as wildlife animals, so you might plant enough of these for you to eat too.
Wildlife Nut Trees
Wildlife Chinquapin Trees
Hickory Nut - Wildlife Favorite
Nocturnal animals such as Raccoons and opossum climb Wildlife Nut Trees at night searching from nuts such as pecans.
A favorite fall and winter nut for the deer is the Wildlife Chinquapin nuts that fall from the branches as they ripen over a extended period of time.
Hickory nuts are a favorite food for animals such as wildlife game birds and squirrel when they ripen in the fall.