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Shagbark Hickory

A shagbark hickory The distinctive bark of a shagbark hickory
A shagbark hickory
G. Lumis
The distinctive bark of a shagbark hickory
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Carya ovata

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 
Height: 70 ft 
Spread: 40 ft 
Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Shagbark Hickory has an oval outline with the lower branches somewhat drooping, the upper branches upright, and the middle branches just about horizontal. The nuts are edible but must also be cleaned up. Shagbark Hickory grows best in a sunny location and light well- drained soil. The tree has two ornamental characteristics, the tendency of the bark to peel off in long strips and a golden yellow fall color.

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Also Known As
Bird’s eye hickory, Carolina hickory, curly hickory, littlenut shagbark hickory, little pignut, little shagbark, mockernut hickory, red hickory, redheart hickory, scalybark hickory, shagbark, shagbark hickory, shagbark walnut, shellbark, shellbark hickory, shellbark tree, skid hickory, small pignut, small pignut hickory, southern hickory, southern shagbark hickory, southern shellbark, sweet walnut, true hickory, upland hickory, white hickory, whiteheart hickory, white walnut 

Michigan State University Extension Service