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Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
A common hickory in the eastern United States and southeast Canada. Related to Black Walnut, this tree produces juglone but to a lesser degree. Juglone is an organic compound that is harmful or toxic to other plants.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada.
Additional Common Names
SHAGBARK HICKORY, SHELLBARK HICKORY, SCALYBARK HICKORY
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
Rounded or Spreading Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 80 feet.
Width: 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Pinnately Compound Odd, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Nut, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Exfoliating or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 16.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Moist Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Chlorosis and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Carya ovata Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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