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Carya Ovata
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Carya ovata

shagbark hickory

Description: A broadly conical, deciduous tree up to 20m tall, the large leaves usually have five leaflets and turn golden yellow in autumn. Bark of young trees is grey to brown and smooth, but exfoliates in long strips with age. Flowers in spring with the male catkins up to 12cm long, followed by thick-shelled nuts up to 6cm long, edible when ripe. Fruits in Britain after hot summers.

History: In cultivation since 1629.

Carya Growing Tips: Best grown in humus rich, moist, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Needs a very large space within which to grow.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 3m

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Needs well draining site Needs well draining site