Shagbark Hickory is a beautiful tree that could fit well in large landscape areas. It is a very large tree, that typically grows to 90 feet tall, but under optimal circumstances can reach to 120 feet in height. Its height and width would make it difficult to place in a smaller area. It is however, wonderful for a large yard area or in a park setting. The trees have a rounded canopy and grow with a strong upright trunk. The tree has a compound leaf structure, most usually with 5 leaflets. The leaves are elliptical in shape, with finely serrated edges. They are medium green in the growing season, before turning a golden-brown color in the fall. In the spring, flowers form before giving way to thick hulled nuts that ripen by the autumn. These nuts are prized by people as well as many types of wildlife. The bark is smooth and gray on younger trees, before getting very pronounced exfoliating bark as the tree matures. The wood of this tree has many uses, from smoking meat to being excellent for building materials. This tree is approximately 12 too 18 inches tall when shipped.
Carya ovata grows to a height of 70 to 90 feet, with a spread of 50 to 70 feet. It is recommended for climate zones 4 to 8. It can grow in full to partial sun. The Shagbark Hickory grows best in rich well drained soils, with at least moderate amounts of moisture. It is not known to have any serious disease or insect issues. Although it does not need another pollinator to produce nuts, it does produce a better crop if another hickory is present.
Care & Shipping Notes
NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.