The leaf of pignut is up to 60 cm (23.6 in) long, pinnate with 7-9 single leaves. The single leaves are ovate. The leaf margin is serrated.
The male flowers (catkins) are up to 15 cm (5.9 in) long . The flower color is yellow.
The stone fruit is up to 3 cm (1.2 in) long. The fruit is surrounded by a hard yellow-red, quartered shell. The core (nut) is edible and is loved by humans and animals alike.
The branches are reddish-brown with smooth bark. The buds are ovoid dark red to light brown.
Park and garden tree, forest tree (USA / CAN)