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Shagbark Hickory

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Carya ovata

Flower Description:

Male flowers are in clusters called catkins and are 1 1/2-5 inches long and pendulous in groups of three. Flowers are yellowish-green. Female flowers are tiny and clustered in twos and fours at the tips of new growth.

Season BloomMay-June
HabitatShagbark Hickory is named for its long, tough curls of peeling bark. It also produces nuts. With its large tap root, it is difficult to transplant. It is a long-living shade tree and is valued for providing food to wildlife. It prefers shaded woods in moist soils along riverbanks, swamps, and flood plains.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are formed as leaflets with 5, alternate, elliptical and 2-10 inches long and 1-5 1/2 inches wide along the stem which is 12-14 inches long. They are finely toothed with tufts of tiny hairs.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Shade, Sun