Learn more about common diseases and pests of hickory in Wisconsin.   Click here.

​​​Did you know? Hickory is a versatile tree and was used extensively by Native Americans in the region.  In addition to using the nuts for food and wood for heating and cooking, Native Americans made bows from the saplings and used the inner hickory bark to line birch-bark canoes and to finish baskets.

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Hickory in children's literature

The image above comes from a 1914 children's book authored by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by M. T. Roth.  The illustrator was an early co-worker of Walt Disney.  The book, Mother Earth's Children:  The Frolics of the Fruits & Vegetables​, provided pictures and verses for a variety of fruits and vegetables (and nuts).  This picture  is another testament to the enduring power of hickory in our national imagination.

Pickin' for WHA

Did you know that the WI DNR Reforestation Program purchases seed (including Hickory nuts) from private collectors?  As a fan of Hickory and supporter of the WHA, you can help raise funds for WHA Hickory promotion efforts by collecting Hickory nuts and contacting WHA to pick them up and deliver them to the DNR, thus securing additional funds for the Wisconsin Hickory Association.  Contact WHA @ wihickory@gmail.com.


Hickory trees have a long and colorful history in Wisconsin.  The people who have established the Wisconsin Hickory Association founded this state-wide association to promote knowledge and use of this indigenous tree.

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2018 Planning

The Wisconsin Hickory Association is busy planning for a very active year! Want to be involved?  Board positions available at this crucial time as we await the release of the Hickory Feasibility Study conducted in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This seminal study will no doubt provided the basis for additional research and development of a new commercial food industry in Wisconsin. We are very excited about bringing this opportunity to our membership and the public. Stay Tuned!

Annual events include nut cracking workshops, outdoor events, a Hickory bus tour, elementary school presentations for Arbor Day, history of Hickory presentations to non-profit and community groups and our annual Hickory Feast! 

WHA via email at: wihickory@ gmail.com. 

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Do you love cooking with hickory, but don't have the time (or patience) to pick out the nut meat?  Take a look at this site for some great tasty ideas for fast and easy hickory hunger help:  http://www.saucygirlskitchen.com/2013/11/03/cooking-with-hickory-nuts-hickory-nut-milk-that-is/

How can you share in building Wisconsin’s Hickory legacy and industry?

There are a number of ways to participate in preserving the long Hickory tradition and restoring

Hickory as a thriving industry in Wisconsin (and beyond):

  • Share Hickory stories, pictures and experiences with WHA, children and friends
  • Attend WHA and other Hickory-related events and organizations
  • Join the Wisconsin Hickory Association (annual individual membership -- $25; family membership -- $45)
  • Advertise Hickory-related products and services on the WHA website
  • Provide space or land for use in developing the Hickory industry
  • Create a Legacy lasting several lifetimes by planting Hickory
  • Donate to the WHA (donations are tax-deductible). 

To support WHA in any of these ways (or others you can think of) contact WHA at:

  • wihickory@gmail.com
  • Wisconsin Hickory Association, Box 261, Brandon, WI  53919