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PlantFiles: Dent Corn
Zea mays 'Hickory King White'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Hickory King White
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hickory King)

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Kernel Color:

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dovesroost On May 30, 2009, Dovesroost from Gilchrist County, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

(From Zone 8)

Last year we grew 1/4 acre of Hickory King. The stalks grew to 10 - 12 ft, and we had 2 - 3 ears per stalk. This was a huge 3 Sisters Garden with Rattlesnake Beans and Seminole Pumpkin.

We roasted some ears. But, the bulk of the corn went into the crib and the freezer as dried corn for grinding. This makes the best cornbread I've ever eaten in my life. It is so rich, it tastes like peanut butter.

We had no trouble with deer and our sheep left it alone. We use no synthetics or "chemicals" on our fields, and we did have some trouble with spite of the fact that the ears are supposed to be so tight as to be borer resistant. Still, the yield was impressively high, and the little bit of borer damage wasn't enough to be discouraging.

Overall, this is a very productive, 110 day, heirloom dent corn, very easy to grow even on our poor sandy soil. This garden was in freshly turned pasture, and other plants, like our okra and cotton, suffered from wireworm, but the 3 sisters garden was just fine.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 15, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

One vendor states it has the largest kernels of any white variety, though the cobs are small.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 6, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An early field corn with huge flat kernels on a small cob. When I was a kid, the grown-ups refered to it as "Heeltap" as the kernal was about the size of the metal taps we put on our shoes to to keep the heels from wearing on one side. At that time it was a favorite for making lye hominy. It is still available locally although currently used mostly for roasting ears. It is not a sweet corn.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Byers, Colorado
Trenton, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Chilhowee, Missouri
Troy, Virginia

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