Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 70 - 100 feet
Plant Spread: 20 - 40 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Seeds are hydrophilic
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

several trees in golden fall color

Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 25, 2017 11:06 AM

The Shagbark hickory is the most common hickory in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions. It name comes from its gray bark that has long scales curve far outward. Its compound leaves get to 14 inches long and have 5 leaflets, though up to 9 is possible. The fruit is a round, 4-ribbed husk to 2.5 inches in diameter with a sweet nut inside. Its native range is from a little bit of far southeast Canada to New England down to central Alabama to east Texas up to southeast Minnesota, thru central Wisconsin and lower Michigan. It is slow growing of about 6 -8 inches/year and lives about 200 to 250 years. It develops a deep taproot, but small trees can be moved B&B in spring. It is offered by some native plant and specialty nurseries.

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