shagbark hickory
Carya ovata

Shagbark hickory is the most recognizable of all the hickories due to the thick peeling strips of bark on mature trunks. Like pignut hickory, it is found widely throughout the eastern U.S. and is of considerable timber and wildlife value.

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Timber Value

      Shagbark hickory is used for furniture, flooring, tool handles, ladder rungs, sporting goods, fuelwood, charcoal, meat-smoking, etc.


Wildlife Value
      Shagbark hickory nuts are relished by many species of birds and mammals.
          Attracts: mice, squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, rabbits, turkey, ducks, other birds, black bear, deer

Regeneration methods
      Shagbark's slow growing nature and intermediate shade tolerance allow for adequate competition with its associates only if some shade and shelter is provided. Advanced regeneration is very important and compliments shelterwood and partial clearcut methods well.

Fun facts
A very useful hickory; the wood is dense, an excellent firewood, and is used for a variety of wood products. Rotation lengths of over 200 years require great patience and faith in future descendants. The sweet nuts were once a staple of native Americans.
Carya: Greek "karya or kaura" (walnut -Juglans regia) / ovata: ovate or egg-shaped (leaflets)
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