Carya ovata

Shagbark Hickory

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow, about 6" per year.
Mature Height - 75-100'
Mature Width - 35-50'
Longevity - Long; many survive 250 years.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - yellow-green pendulous catkins, 3-4" long; mid-May.
Fruit - Globular nut encased by a thick 4 sectioned husk. Seed is edible and quite sweet. Early September-mid October.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Rich yellow or golden brown.
Bark - Gray to brown and breaks up in thin plates which are free at the end and attached at the middle
Other Features - When leaves are bruised or crushed they have the faint aroma of apples.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Deep taproot makes transplanting a challenge. Adaptable to wide range of soils. Best in rich, well-drained loams. Not flood tolerant.
Native Habitat - Cultivated in 1629. Native from Quebec to Minnesota, south to Georgia and Texas.
Diseases and Insects - None serious.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Hickory.
- Other plants of the family Juglandaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Carya.
- Other plants of the species Carya ovata.