Hickory is a deciduous tree type that grows primarily in Mexico, Indochina, China and North America. Hickory belongs to the genus Carya (Greek word for "nut"), known for their large nuts and complex leaves. Hickory trees produce small yellow flowers every spring through wind pollination. These flowers are actually oval-shaped nuts that split open once they reach maturity.
A hickory hardwood floor is a popular choice for those in the market for a tough yet flexible floor. In addition to flooring, hickory wood is also used to make carts, golf clubs, carts, wheel spokes, baseball bats and tool handles. Because of their high energy content and unique flavor, hickory is popularly used for cooking and curing meats (e.g. ham).
Hickory hardwood floors can be stained a wide range of colors to suit your home décor. They also have a very distinct look that can give your home the edge you've been looking for. On the Janka Hardness Scale (0 being the softest and 4000 being the hardest), hickory wood has a ranking of 1820.
In addition to offering a unique look and relatively durable surface, hickory wood is manufactured primarily in North America. Since they don't have to shipped overseas to their destination, hickory wood floors can be a more environmentally friendly surface than exotic wood types (e.g. Brazilian walnut; Teak).