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Is this a nut tree?
What is this plant?
Succulent. Fork for scale.
Sorry for grainy photo! Zone 9B, SW FL Coast
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Help me ID this fella!
Fall in Maryland. Bush form.
Yes. Looks like most of the leaves have 7 leaflets, so shellbark hickory to be exact.
Thank you! Is it edible?
If you're talking about the leaves themselves, then technically it's edible - it won't hurt you. But it's not going to taste good at all.
If you're talking about the hickory nuts themselves, then absolutely. Shellbark hickory nuts are some of the best wild nuts if you can get them before the squirrels do. A hickory tree won't mature for about 40 years, though, so this sapling is far from it. But it's seed probably came from somewhere close by, so there should be a mature one around if you start looking.
If you decide to keep this tree, take note that they'll get very big (similar to the trees in the background of your picture), so keep that in mind if there are any powerlines nearby or if it's very close to the house.
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