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I found this nut in the woods in Massachusetts. I had thought that it were a chestnut, but that does not seem to be the case. Thanks!

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  • Please pry the hull apart to get to the actual nut, then post a picture of the nut. Thanks! – Jurp Sep 27 '20 at 19:39
  • Thank you for the response. If I want to plant this, would prying apart the hull damage it? Thanks. – William Sep 27 '20 at 19:45
  • How big is it? It's not obvious from the pictures. – alephzero Sep 27 '20 at 21:06
  • The outer shell is going to split into four eventually. If you push something blunt like a credit card into the cracks and twist a bit, you won't damage anything. – alephzero Sep 27 '20 at 21:09
  • I have added a picture with a ruler and a black beech seed. It weights 17 grams. – William Sep 27 '20 at 22:25
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It looks like a hickory nut. Hickory nuts have 4 quadrants, like your nut. Try looking up pictures of hickory nut and see what you think (I've never seen such a nut in real life).

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  • I think that you are right. The leave matches what I saw around there as well. Thank you! – William Sep 28 '20 at 17:40
  • It's always easiest to identify a nut by the actual nut and not by the hull. I'm curious as to what the actual nut looks like. – Jurp Sep 29 '20 at 0:02

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