Shellbark Hickory (Carya laciniosa)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 60 to 100 feet
Plant Spread: 40 to 70 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Other: edible to squirrels, mammals, and people
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Shade Tree
Useful for timber production
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
crown of tree in fall color

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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-11-10crown of tree in fall color
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-11-10autumn foliage
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24looking up the trunk
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24a detached compound leaf
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-11-10the hickory fruit of husk over a nut and nuts
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24upright, tall tree in middle
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24summer foliage
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24a nut among the foliage
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24the lower trunk
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-08-24foliage on a side of the tree
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 25, 2017 11:34 AM

The Shellbark Hickory is similar to the much more common Shagbark Hickory, but it has larger leaves where the compound leaf is 15 to 22 inches long and it usually has 7 leaflets, (though 5 to 9 are possible). The nuts can be 4 or 6 ribbed instead of just 4-ribbed. The husk-nuts also have a slight narrow end, so they are not entirely round. The gray bark does not seem as shaggy as the Shaggy species. It is native to south of Lakes Ontario & Erie to south Michigan to central Illinois into Iowa and Missouri, then to the northern part of the South. It likes moist, fertile soils.

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