Shagbark Hickory

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Grow Sweet Nuts on a Beautiful Tree

The Shagbark Hickory tree has a distinctive, shaggy bark, conspicuous on tall straight trees, which gives this species its name.

It grows well in both wet and dry areas, but prefers well-drained soils. Shagbark hickory trees are also called Shellbark, Bigleaf Shagbark, Kingnut, Big Shellbark, Bottom Shellbark, Thick Shellbark, and Western Shellbark, all of which attest to some of this trees characteristics. It is a slow-growing long-lived tree. Some have been known to live up to 200 years.

The nuts are the largest of all hickory trees. They are sweet, edible and will be enjoyed by people and wildlife. 

The wood is hard, heavy, strong, and very flexible, making it a favored wood for tool handles. The wood also makes excellent firewood, and often is used in smoking meat.

As with other edible nuts, squirrels compete with humans for this fruit. Its bold-textured, jagged branch structure and thick twigs give it a striking appearance in winter. This deciduous shade tree has brilliant yellow fall color.

Ships Fall 2013

* Edible Nuts
* Interesting Bark
* Long Lived Tree



Shagbark Hickory Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Carya ovata
Foliage Green
Mature Height 70 - 90 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Fall Color Yellow