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Shagbark hickory

Shagbark hickory
Shagbark hickory

Shagbark hickory
Carya ovata

Common in Eastern forests, shagbark hickory gets its name from its distinct bark, which separates into long strips that give the tree a “shaggy” look. Like other hickories, its wood is strong and hard and can be used as a smoke wood for meats. Shagbark hickory is often found amongst oak trees and grows best in well-drained soils. It has both male flowers (which grow in bundles called catkins) and female flowers (in clusters known as petallets).

Shagbark hickory leaves are both compound and alternate, growing up to 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.

Shagbark hickory – Carya ovata
227 Creek Rd., Ashland25111811668
3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn2439612972
3668 Spectrum Farm Rd., Felton2171178178
Commerce and Main St., Kenton2151228057