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Carya ovata - Shagbark Hickory

More About Carya ovata

  • Irregular, oval, rounded, growth habit
  • The bark of mature trees is dark gray to brown and exfoliates in long strips
  • Long, narrow, pointed, compound leaves are dark green and glossy
  • Leaves turn yellow to golden brown in the fall
  • Non-showy greenish-yellow flowers give way to edible oval-rounded nuts
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and parts of North America.

Nuts were an important food source for Native Americans and early settlers and are commercially sold today. Cross-pollination generally produces a more abundant crop of quality nuts. Hickory wood, an excellent fuel source, is often used to cure or smoke meats. Extremely hard, the wood is used to make a variety of products, including tool handles, ladders, and furniture.

 This tall ornamental shade tree is ideal for large landscapes and park settings, particularly when attracting wildlife is desired.

Zone:

4

Height:

22-25 m

Spread:

15-17 m

Colour:

Lime-green
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Shagbark Hickory Growing and Maintenance Tips

 Shagbark hickory can become a large tree, needing ample space. They can be hard to transplant, due to their significant taproot.


Carya ovata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Juglan Tolerant
Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Oval
Rounded

Foliage Color

Green
Yellow

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Specimen

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