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Plant Name:

Shagbark Hickory

Scientific Name:

Carya ovata


Shagbark Hickory is a large deciduous tree with distinctive shaggy bark and edible nuts.


Woodlands, forests, well-drained soils


Provides food and habitat for wildlife

Growing Conditions:

Tolerates a range of soil types, prefers full sun to partial shade


Timber, nut production, wildlife food source

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Nuts (hickory nuts) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Shagbark Hickory is named after its shaggy bark that peels away in strips.

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