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Carya ovata

Common Name: Shagbark Hickory
Carya ovata
Carya ovata

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fagales
Family: Juglandaceae
Genus: Carya
Species: Carya ovata

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Shagbark hickory is well known for its shaggy bark. Thick strips peel upwards, beginning to curl at the edges. The bark is a light gray in color.

This tree grows up to 100’ tall, and has a relatively straight trunk. Its leaves are alternate and compund, between 8 and 14" long, and have between 5 and 7 toothed leaflets. In fall, the leaves turn a golden color.

Habitat & Range

Shagbark hickory is found across much of the eastern and midwestern United States. They can grow in a variety of forest stands.

Life Cycle

The nuts of this tree are 2 1/2" around, round, green to brown, and shelled.

Featured image by James Dake.


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