Bitternut Hickory prefers rich, loamy soil can be found growing with Sugar Maple, Basswood, Red Oak, American Elm, and Green Ash. It is moderately tolerant to both floods and drought. It is slow growing in the shade and fast growing in direct sunlight. The nuts are very bitter and generally not eaten by wildlife other than squirrels. Its bright yellow buds are distinctive and give the tree its nickname, “yellow-bud hickory”. This tree is straight and slender with a narrow crown and is prized as a shade tree and for furniture making.