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Shagbark Hickory | Plant Profile

Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) is a large deciduous tree with exfoliating bark. Shagbark Hickory grows in an irregular shape and has medium green leaves. In fall, the leaves turn yellow or golden. When pollinated, female flowers produce edible nuts that are of culinary value.

Shagbark Hickory prefers fertile, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. The roots are deep growing and are able to handle clay soils, as long as they are well drained.

Shagbark Hickory is a beautiful shade tree for large yards and parks. These tall trees can be used to divide large properties and for privacy.


Shagbark Hickory Characteristics

Shagbark Hickory are large hardwood trees that are native to the American midwest and south. The wood is often used to make furniture or smoking meat. The walnuts nuts that are produced are edible to humans and attractive to deer.

The exfoliating bark can cause these trees to be messy. They should not be planted near structures or transplanted as their root system is too deep and reaching. There are rarely life threatening diseases or insects that plague Shagbark Hickory. Leaf spot and bark beetle can occur.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
70.00 - 90.00
50.00 - 70.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?