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Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark Hickory
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.

Common Name: Shagbark Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya ovata

Origin: Eastern North America

Family: Juglandaceae

Size: 50' - 100' tall, 30' - 40' wide

Form: Oval to round

Culture: Prefers full sun


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


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


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


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