Carya ovataIndiana Native
Shagbark Hickory

 Plant Type:
 Growth Forms:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flower Notes:
Green (Spring; monoecious catkins; not ornamentally important)
 Foliage Notes:
Green (Coarse textured green foliage in the summer); Yellow (Fall; attractive golden-yellow)
 Stem Notes:
stout, smooth and shining, reddish brown to gray
 Fruit Notes:
Brown (Sweet and edible nut encased in a thick, hard, and nearly round 1-1.5" diam. shell)
 Ultimate Height:
70-90 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
50-70 feet
 Bloom Times:
 Soil Water Requirements:
 Soil Notes:
Prefers well-drained, humusy loam soils
 Range:
Eastern North America
 Maintenance:
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, 8-14" long, with five 4-6" long leaflets. Buds are brown, blunt, and imbricate with loose, pubescent scales. The bark is gray and smooth on younger trees, exfoliating intensely when it matures. The bark of Carya ovata is "shaggier" and more pronounced than that of Carya laciniosa.

Additional Information

The bark of Carya ovata gives the tree its common name and is characteristically rough and shaggy on mature trees, growing in long flat plates, making especially good winter interest. The wood of this tree is especially hard, making it useful for a variety of products. This tree develops a large taproot, making it difficult to transplant.

When Carya ovata has been observed flowering or fruiting at Purdue University

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40 Carya ovata found

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Number Accession ID Location
1ORIG_5146*ASCPA
2ORIG_9892*AARMS
3ORIG_5164*ASCPA
4ORIG_3797*AHLTP
5ORIG_9898*AARMS
6ORIG_9889*AARMS
7ORIG_3755*AHLTP
8ORIG_3753*AHLTP
9ORIG_9899*AARMS
10ORIG_9893*AARMS
11ORIG_9903*AARMS
12ORIG_3723*AHLTP
132018_01305*AACKER
142018_01135*ADYE
152018_01304*AACKER
162018_01306*AACKER
172022_04749*APGMD
182022_00501*AHILL
192022_00500*AHILL
202023_00141*DHCRS
212023_00136*AHORTPARK
222023_00159*AHORTPARK
232023_00186*AHORTPARK
242023_00186*BHORTPARK
252023_00293*AHORTPARK
262023_00637*AAQUA
272023_00637*BAQUA
282023_00637*CCREC
292023_00754*APSF
302023_00754*BPSF
312023_00754*CPSF
322023_00754*DPSF
332023_00754*EPSF
342023_00754*FPSF
352023_00754*GPSF
362024_00026*AHORTPARK
372024_00026*BHORTPARK
382024_00026*CHORTPARK
392024_00026*DHORTPARK
402024_00046*AHORTPARK

Other plants like this Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

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