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.
Note: Unfortunately this difficult to grow species is not regularly scheduled to grow at TreeTime.ca. Perhaps try purchasing seed from SeedTime.ca and growing your own? Or sign up for a restock notification above.
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
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