Also called shellbark hickory, although do not confuse with sister species shellbark hickory Carya laciniosa which is also called that.

Part of hickory/​pecan  genus Carya in butternut/​hickory/​pecan/​walnut  family Juglandaceae in bayberry / beech / birch / oak / walnut  order Fagales.

Native to eastern 🇨🇦 Canada, and central and eastern 🇺🇸 USA.   🌎︎ Map by county 🌎︎ map.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Nuts are edible.  Its wood makes great 🔨︎ tool handles.

Carya hosts caterpillars of 231 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Only mature trees have bark in thick rigid shaggy gray vertical strips, barely attached.

This tree produces a ☠︎ toxic [?] substance that prevents some plants from growing under or near them.

Our local Wild Ones chapter says that if you are planning to plant a hickory, your hickory will be happier if you choose:

Learn more about shagbark hickory Carya ovata

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