Brown to reddish-brown color. Heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue; sapwood is a paler yellowish brown. Grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy, with a medium texture. On average, Hickory is denser, stiffer, and harder than either White Oak or Hard Maple.Pre-boring for nailing is required. Used for flooring, hammers, axes, gold clubs, lacrosse sticks, plywood and decorative veneers.