Carya ovata  ~ Shagbark Hickory
Carya ovata  ~ Shagbark Hickory
Carya ovata  ~ Shagbark Hickory
Carya ovata  ~ Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata

Shagbark Hickory

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Shagbark Hickory is a large native deciduous tree with an irregular oval-rounded crown and distinct exfoliating bark that develops sheets that curve away from the trunk.  The medium green compound leaves turn yellow and golden-brown in fall.  Non-showy gendered spring catkins can give way to husked nuts, but may take up to 40 yrs to start producing.  Grows best in full sun and rich, moist well-drained soils. 

Carya ovata is a host plant for several butterfly and moth species, including the Banded Hairstreak, Luna Moth, and the Hickory Horned Devil.

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

70’ - 90’ 

Spread: 

50’ - 70’

Spacing: 

60’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Green

Season of Interest: 

FallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Difficult to transplant due to taproot.  Large trees can produce considerable litter with twigs, leaves, and nuts.   No serious disease or pests.  Hickory bark beetle, pecan weevil, borers and twig girdler can be problems in some areas. White heart rot, anthracnose, leaf blotch, powdery mildew, leaf spot, cankers, catkin blight, crown gall and scab are occasional diseases.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen planting or mass plantings, Woodland GardenNaturalized AreasNative Garden, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Yellow Birch, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Bottlebrush Buckeye

IMAGES: Photo by F. D. RichardsCarya ovata, 2015 L3, (2) Chris LightHickory 20-05-31 031CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Plant Image Library from Boston, USA, Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory) (26470327339)CC BY-SA 2.0, (4) Plant Image Library from Boston, USA, Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory) (26470329009)CC BY-SA 2.0, (5) Plant Image Library from Boston, USA, Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory) (34439472552)CC BY-SA 2.0, (6) William (Ned) FriedmanCarya ovata male flowersCC BY-SA 4.0, (7) Photo by Kevin Faccenda, carya ovata

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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