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Shagbark Hickory, Carolina Hickory, Scalybark Hickory, Upland Hickory, Shellbark Hickory
Carya ovata var. ovata


Shagbark hickory is easily identified by its bark, which breaks into strips up to 12" long by 8" wide with the ends bowing away from the trunk, giving it its shaggy appearance. It grows in rich woodlands, flats, slopes and hills of east Texas, where it is part of the pine-hardwood forest association of the Pineywoods. It usually occurs singly or in pairs but never in thickets. The nut is second only to the pecan in sweetness, and is cultivated commercially.

Plant Habit or Use: large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green, females inconspicuous, males in catkins.

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: smooth, nearly round nut with a light-brown shell in 4-valved husk

Height: to 100 ft.

Width: to 60 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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