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White Oak vs Shagbark Hickory

Quercus alba

Carya ovata

White Oak
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White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

Shagbark Hickory is a unique tree both for its looks and uses. Its bark peels into long thin vertical strips giving it a shaggy appearance. This and its golden fall leaves make it a gorgeous looking tree. This species produces tasty hickory nuts after 40 years. Hickory smoke is also treasured for curing meats and its generally fantastic smell. This tree is best planted away from any buildings due to a deep taproot and large size.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

SHAGBARK HICKORY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 4a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 12 m (40 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: dark red
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Bark: shaggy looking bark peels vertically in long strips
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Nuts: similar to pecans
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes