shagbark hickory - Juglandaceae Carya ovata


Common Nameshagbark hickory
iTree CodeCAOV2

Plant Form

FormTree: narrow to spreading crown
Height80 feet
Spread50 feet

Identification Description

Foliagegreen with 5-7 leaflets 4-7" long, elliptic to oblong-lancelet and serrate; entire leaf can be 8 - 14" long Leaf Type  Information Icon Compound - Pinnate
Barksmooth grey when young, shredded shagging bark falling in long strips with age
Budovate, 1" long, brown with 2-4 pubescent overlapping scales (imbricate) Bud Arrangement Information Icon Alternate
Twigreddish brown to gray, hairy with numerous lenticels when young, then gray & smooth with age
Flowermale: 3 branched catkins; female: flowered spikes
Fruithard shelled nuts in a 4 seamed (sutured) husk; husk green, then brown/black
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4b Min6.0 SoilIntolerant
Max9a Max7.0 SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Intermediate High Unknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native Yes Check
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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