Shellbark Hickory is a grand tree that would fit well in a large landscape area. This is a very large tree, typically growing to 80 feet tall, but can reach heights of 120 feet. Some care will need to be taken in planting this tree, with the width and height to which it grows. It is a wonderful shade tree, ideal for parks or any larger lawn area. It is native to the eastern half of the US, growing in bottomlands and floodplains. The Shellbark Hickory grows with a nice rounded canopy. The tree has an interesting leaf structure, with each leaf having 7 large leaflets. These leaflets are up to 8 inches long, with an elliptical shape and finely serrated edges. The leaves have a dark green color in the growing season, before turning golden brown in the fall. In the spring, flowers give way to thick hulled nuts that mature in the fall. These nuts are very attractive to wildlife, as well as people! The young trees have smooth gray bark, but with age, the bark will exfoliate into long strips.
Carya laciniosa grows to a height of 60 to 80 feet, with a spread of 40 to 60 feet. It is recommended for climate zones 5 to 8. It can grow in full to partial sun. The Shellbark Hickory grows best in rich fertile soils, with at least moderate or more amounts of moisture. This tree is not known to have any serious disease or insect issues. Cross pollination will most usually produce a larger crop of nuts.
Care & Shipping Notes
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