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Arboretum: Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata

Native to eastern North America. Large deciduous tree grows to 80'. Typically has a very straight central leader. Autumn color is a very showy golden yellow. Produces 1" to 1.5" rounded edible nuts with a sweet taste. Old bark shags into long plates. Prefers deep, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Difficult to transplant.

Family: Juglandaceae
Type: Native
Origin: Eastern United States
Season: Spring

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