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Shagbark Hickory

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Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata


(new stock expected: fall of 2018)

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.


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Zone: 4a
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 12 m (40 ft)
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Bark: shaggy looking bark peels vertically in long strips
Nuts: similar to pecans
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

Other names: carolina hickory, scalybark hickory, shellbark hickory, upland hickory

Tags: All Items, Deciduous Trees, Feature Trees, Native North America Plants, Nut Trees, Permaculture, Shade Trees, Urban Yards, Wildlife Attracting

Ships to Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes

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