Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata Juglandaceae

Other names

Shellbark Hickory

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, Quebec South to FL & TX


Schnee Oak Collection, Mundy Wildflower Garden, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

St. Lawrence Nurseries, Forestfarm Nursery, Ruth Nix


Large tree reaching 60-80' in height but it can reach 100-120'. Usually develops a straight, cylindricaltrunk with an oblong crown of ascending and descending branches. Fall color rich yellow and golden brown tones. Bark on older trunks shagging characteristically into long flat plates, which are free at the base or both ends. Seed edible.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

bark, food, fall color, growth habit