At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Juglandaceae
Latin Name: Carya ovata
Foliage: Dark yellowish-green
Fall Foliage: Golden brown
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Oval
Bark: Gray, exfoliates with shaggy appearance
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Aptly named and easily identified by its extremely straggly strips of shaggy bark, the Shagbark Hickory is a member of the Juglandaceae botanical family. Its binomial name is Carya Ovata. Rearing up to a magnificent height of 60-80 ft. with a mighty 30-50 ft. spread, this deciduous tree is catalogued by its long and deep-diving taproot, its proudly columnar trunk, and its dense oval canopy of dusky yellowish-green leaves.

Alternatively known as “Shellbark Hickory”, “Scalybark Hickory”, and “Upland Hickory”, the Shagbark Hickory is one of the most common hickories found throughout the eastern and north central regions of the United States, resilient enough to survive in wet and dry environments alike given its 4-9 hardiness zone rating. The Shagbark Hickory thrives best in medium, well-drained soils, and flourishes when situated within full sun to partial shade.

Like most other hickories, this species produces its modest beige-green catkins in April and May; while they aren’t spectacular by any means, these flowers do provide a substantial supply of pollen for many local pollinators. True to its deciduous nature, the Shagbark Hickory sheds its golden-brown leaves in autumn, better revealing its dark, intensely exfoliating bark. Its fruit, sweet-tasting and encased in relatively thin husks, ripens in early autumn and is dispersed from September through December.

The average lifespan of the Shagbark Hickory is 200 years. Nonetheless, there have been individual specimens known to survive and produce seeds well past their 300th year, further proving this species’ celebrated fortitude. Andrew Jackson—the 7th U.S. president and the Major General during the War of 1812—actually earned his nickname “Old Hickory” because he was considered to be as tough as a hickory tree; one could argue that his legacy is as longstanding as this species’ lifespan, too!

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