Carya ovata


Shagbark Hickory

  • Carya ovata Southern

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process daily for 4 days
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

Carya ovata, the Shagbark Hickory, is a remarkable deciduous tree found in the Eastern United States and Southeast Canada. Growing up to 27 meters tall and living for up to 200 years, the mature trees can be easily identified through their shaggy bark. With leaves 30-60cm long and five leaflets, this tree bears fruits in the form of delicious, sweet nuts used extensively in Native American cuisine. It's an excellent food source for various animals like squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, mice, bears, foxes, rabbits, and bird species like mallards, wood ducks, bobwhites, and wild turkey. The shagbark hickory is a popular option for smoking meats and making sturdy bows. It’s frequently used to make high-impact implements like axe handles, ploughs, and skis. The nuts are edible and have plenty of culinary use, but not suitable for commercial or orchard production. Seed production can start at around 10 years old, with substantial quantities starting at 40 years and continuing for at least another 100 years. Nut output is unpredictable, with good crops every 3 to 5 years. Start your tree seed in November for planting in spring.

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