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Carya ovata

shagbark hickory

Shagbark hickory has a commanding presence in the landscape with it size, clean summer foliage, brilliant yellow autumn color, and “shaggy” exfoliating bark. Maturing at 60-80’ tall with an upright, irregular and coarse branching habit, shagbark hickory is adaptable to dry, rocky, and clay soils as well as seasonally moist soils. Impressive as a single specimen or mixed with companions such as Quercus alba and Betula alleghaniensis, it makes a wonderful addition to any garden. A wide range of companions can grow beneath this hickory including Viburnum acerifolium, Hydrangea quercifolia, Aesculus parviflora, Leucothoe fontanesiana, and Cornus florida.