Shagbark Hickory
Family: Juglandaceae (View Members of Juglandaceae)

Genus and species: Carya ovata

Leaves: The leaves are compound and are longer than the Pignut Hickory. They are 8-14" (20-36cm) long with five elliptical leaflets that are each 3-7" (7.5-18cm) long.(View Measured Leaf) The leaflets are pointed at the ends, are usually wider at the ends, are finely saw-toothed and have very short stalks. The leaves are green on top, paler on the bottom, and hairy.(View Leaves)

Bark: The tree is named after it's extremely shaggy and peeling bark. It is light gray and separates into loose, long strips of bark.(View Bark) The twigs are brown and have hairy, large buds at the end.

Fruit: The fruit is a brown, rounded, almost egg-shaped, nut with a thick husk. It is about 1.25-2.5" (3-6cm) in diameter. Once ripe, the husk splits revealing the edible nuts inside.(View Fruit)

Tree: The tree can grow to be 70-100' (21-30m) tall, with a tall trunk and a narrow crown, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: These trees are located from Quebec, east to Maine, south to Georgia, west to Texas and north to Minnesota. They are usually found in moist soils.

Shagbark Hickory Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/30/02)
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