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Carya ovata

Common Shagbark Hickory

Scientific Name:

Carya ovata

Genus:

Carya

Species Epithet:

ovata

Common Name:

Common Shagbark Hickory

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

72-100 ft., More than 100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rich moist bottomlands, slopes, occasionally on dry upland flats. Rare in NC mountains, uncommon in piedmont and coastal plain (rare or absent in southeastern half of the coastal plain).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Bark peels in long, vertical plates. Nut husk very thick (1/4" to 3/8"). Valuable timber plant.

Beautiful shaggy bark

Durham County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

NC Extension Gardener Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/carya-ovata/

Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carya/ovata/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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