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Beaked Hazelnut vs Shagbark Hickory

Corylus cornuta

Carya ovata

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Beaked Hazelnut
Shagbark Hickory

Beaked Hazelnut is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to North America.

It features smooth, grey bark and edible nuts. Beaked Hazelnut prefers a rich sandy-clay loam but will grow on poorer sites, and can be used as an understory shrub.

Note: You want more than one hazelnut to improve yields.

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 once mature. 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.

Many people remark on the unusual taproot for this tree that can be over 6 feet deep while the plant only has 2 feet of top growth. Our trees have the taproot cut to aid in transportation. Some growers find this controversial, others say it is the only way to do it. We don't yet have enough experience to say either way.

BEAKED HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

SHAGBARK HICKORY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 12 m (40 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Bark: shaggy looking bark peels vertically in long strips
Nuts: small, wildlife attracting
Nuts: similar to pecans
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: low
Suckering: high





Other Names: beaked hazel
Other Names: carolina hickory, scalybark hickory, shellbark hickory, upland hickory