Scientific Name: Carya ovata
Origin: Eastern US & SE Canada
Why is it called Shagbark Hickory? These trees have bark that peels off the tree, giving it a shaggy appearance.
Common Names: Shagbark Hickory and Shell-Bark Hickory
Mature Height: 60-80 feet
Mature Width/Spread: 30-50 feet
Leaves: Wavy and round with a pointed tip, loses leaves seasonally. Leaves usually have 5 leaflets.
In the fall, the leaves become: golden brown, often rusty-spotted
Historical tidbit: General Andrew Jackson was called “Old Hickory” by his soldiers because of his toughness during the War of 1812. He is buried beneath six Shagbark Hickory trees.
Did you know …
- The fruit from this tree is an edible nut covered by a thick husk that has a sweet taste and is an excellent source of dietary fibers, unsaturated fatty acids, manganese, zinc and phosphorus.
- The bark of this tree is also useful, since it can be used to make edible syrup.
- The tallest Shagbark Hickory is located in Savage Gulf, Tennessee and is over 150 feet tall.
Peattie, Donald. A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America, 2nd ed. New York, Bonanza Books, 1963.
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