Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

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Forest Types: Oak-Hickory, No. Riverine, So. Riverine


Bark grayish, breaking up into long plates that pull away from the tree; leaves compound, with 5 leaflets; nut shells very thick; growing east of the Great Plains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Varied; in the north typically on high ground with oaks, but also in river bottoms; in the south typically in river bottoms and deltas; growing east of the Great Plains.

Stature: 60-80 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; with an open crown; branches large.

Leaves: Compound; composed of 5 leaflets (occasionally 7), with 3 large (5-7 inches) leaflets at the end and 2 smaller ones below; leaflets candle-flame-shaped but often wider above the middle, finely toothed; dark green and smooth on top, yellow green below.

Bark: Gray; conspicuously breaking up into long, loose plates that pull away from the tree.

Nuts: 1-2.5 inches long; nut shell quite thick (1/4 to 1/2 inches); nut 4-sided, sweet.

(References consulted)

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Carya ovata

Carya ovata

Carya ovata

Carya ovata

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