Shagbark Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya ovata

Shagbark Hickory

Attributes

Deciduous

Plant Family

Juglandaceae

Origin

Eastern North America

Form

Oval to round

Plant Size

50-100 feet tall, 30-40 feet wide

Description

Central Park contains four hickory species, with the shagbark hickory being the most recognizable due to its gray bark that peels off in long strips. It bears nuts that are popular with squirrels and chipmunks. You can find the shagbark hickory between Wollman Rink and Driprock Arch.

Shagbark Hickory Leaves

Leaves

Alternate, compound, 8-14 inches with 5 (rarely 7) ovate-lanceolate to obovate, sessile or nearly sessile (stalkless) leaflets
Shagbark Hickory Fruit

Fruit

1.5-2.5 inches in diameter nuts, solitary or paired, brownish-white to pinkish-white, 4-ribbed with a reddish brown to nearly black readily dehiscent husk
Shagbark Hickory Flower

Flower

Small, green pistillate catkins that develop into thick-shelled nuts
Shagbark Hickory Bark

Bark

Gray, warping in large strips that are loose and curling at both ends, occasionally attracts bats behind the bark