Shagbark hickory

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Carya ovata
SHAGBARK HICKORY

Juglandaceae
E. North America

Location: D-32 (northeast corner of Price Building),
N 39°11'15'' W 75°32'25''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • deciduous tree
  • etymology: Carya from Greek name karya for walnut tree (Juglans regia); ovata for the oval leaflets
  • leaf compound, with 5-7 leaflets
  • monoecious (separate male and female flowers on same plant); flowers tiny, unisexual; male flowers in catkins
  • nuts egg-shaped, 1½”-3”; husks thick (>1/8”), yellowish; nuts edible, sweet; also food for wildlife
  • bark of mature tree distinctively “shaggy”, hence the common name”shagbark”

Native species, State Rank S3 (uncommon, but not of conservation concern, yet); New Castle and Kent Counties of Delaware

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