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Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.036 W94 53.016

Trail Number:
G7

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Description

Family:
Juglandaceae

Foliage:
Leaves 8-14 inches long with five leaflets

Native Locale:
Quebec to Minnesota, south to Georgia and Texas

Mature Height:
60 to 80 feet

Mature Width:
50 to 70 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 8

Soil Preference:
Prefers rich and well- drained loams, but is adaptable to a wide range of soils

Growth Habit:
Straight, cylindrical trunk with an oblong crown of ascending and descending branches

Rate of Growth:
n/a

Disease and Insect:
n/a

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Mature trees have distinctive shaggy bark curling out at the ends, believed to be an evolutionary adaptation that keeps squirrels away from the nuts.

Photos

Bark - Shagbark HickoryFruit - Shagbark HickoryLeaf - Shagbark HickorySpring - Shagbark HickorySummer - Shagbark HickorySummer '08 - Shagbark HickorySummer '08 Bark - Shagbark Hickory