Shellbark Hickory

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Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Average shipping height: 2' - 3'
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    A native of moist bottomlands and floodplains of the United States, the shellbark hickory was once a common sight. Only few are left in nature today, but when you do encounter one, it is a memorable sight. Drooping lower branches. Large yellow-green leaves. Shaggy bark curling up at the ends. The long-living shellbark hickory will reward patient tree planters with strong limbs, few natural pests, low maintenance, and large nuts.

    • Produces large, brown, sweet nuts
    • Largest nut of all hickories
    • Features attractive and high-branching
    • Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3'

    The Shellbark Hickory Grows in zones 5 - 8

    Your Tree’s Personality



    Growth Speed


    Scientific Name

    Carya laciniosa

    Mature Height

    60' - 80'

    Shipping Height

    2' - 3'

    Sun Preference

    Full Sun

    Soil Preference

    Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Wet

    Wildlife Value

    The leaves of the shellbark hickory are eaten by deer and other browsers while the nuts are consumed by deer, bears, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkey and other animals. It provides nutrition for bees in early to late spring.


    The shellbark hickory played a role in forging our nation. Its tough, shock-resistant wood was used to make gunstocks, ramrods and tool handles. This hickory tree also provided food on the frontier and dozens of useful products and medicines.

    Planting Instructions

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