Shagbark Hickory - Carya ovata -  A rare tree tasting like pecan - The Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) is well known for its use in smoking, but it also produces delightful nuts tasting somewhat like pecans.

Shagbark Hickory - Carya ovata - A rare tree tasting like pecan

The Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) is well known for its use in smoking, but it also produces delightful nuts tasting somewhat like pecans.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
4-6 Inchesin stock$17.00$0.00
Total$0.00

The nut

Its delicious nut is somewhat similar to a pecan which is not hardy enough to grow here. All our Hickory trees have been grown in zone 4. The Shagbark Hickory we sell can survive in zone 3, but will only have time to mature its nuts in zone 4 and warmer.

The tree

The Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) is native to Canada. Rare in numbers, its hard and dense wood was used to make tool handles and furniture. It was also a favorite as woodfuel as its heat has high value and is long-lasting. It's only sold as a young tree because of the size of its roots. The Hickory is used extensively in 'smoking' food. This huge tree can grow to more than 25 meters (82 feet) in height. Its unique bark often self peels in very long vertical strips and its roots are exceptionally long and strong. A one foot high seedling has roots 3 feet long. During spring, its bulging leaf buds look like amazing flowers, giving it some ornamental value. The Shagbark Hickory can live up to 200 years. 

Soil and sun

The Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) is considered to be shade resistant. This means that if planted in a completely shaded area it will not die, but it won't grow either. In order for it to grow, it needs to be exposed to sunlight. The Shagbark Hickory prefers rich and well drained soils, but grows naturally in a wide variety of soils.

Price

The height column at the top of the page indicates the height of the tree and whether the price is for a single tree or for a package. For example, 10 x 4-12 inches indicates a package of 10 trees measuring between 4 and 12 inches tall.

 

 

 

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity25 metres (82 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone4
SoilWell-drained
Sun / shadeSun
FloweringLate May to early June
HarvestLate September to Early October
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorBrown shell / Cream core
Years to bear fruit
Pollination
Latin nameCarya Ovata
Average diameter of fruit
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