Shellbark Hickory

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Shellbark Hickory (Carya laciniosa) is a towering beauty, known for its shaggy bark and sweet, edible nuts. This tree not only offers a delightful harvest but also stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur with its vast canopy. Perfect for spacious gardens, the Shellbark Hickory promises both shade and a seasonal treat.

6-12″ Bareroot Seedling

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 4-8
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 80-100′ tall, 40-60′ wide
Plant Spacing: 40-60′ apart
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Rootstock: From Seed

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Monoecious, requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Wind
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower Color: Yellow-green

Fruit Characteristics

Nut Size: 1.5-2″
Nut Flavor: Sweet, rich
Nut/Husk Color and Appearance Brown, round, thick husk
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: Moderate, store in a cool, dry place
Years to Bear: 20-40

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Hickory Anthracnose (Gnomonia caryae): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Decline (Ceratocystis smalleyi): Moderately Resistant
Armillaria Root Rot (Armillaria mellea): Moderately Resistant
Powdery Mildew (Microsphaera alni): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Bark Beetle (Scolytus quadrispinosus): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae): Moderately Resistant

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Foliage Color: Dark green
Fall Color: Yellow-orange
Lifespan: 200+ years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Eastern United States
Nitrogen Fixing: No