Carya laciniosa

Shellbark Hickory

Tips for Homeowners:

Other than the collection of leaves and nuts this tree has very low maintenance.

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This is a good, slow-growing shade tree that produces edible nuts, just not as productive as the Shagbark Hickory.

  • Peeling bark
  • Tolerates wet sites
  • Yellow fall foliage

This is a very large tree and should be given plenty of room to grow.

Height: 60-80 ft
Spread: 40-60 ft
Zone: 5-8
Color: Green, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Shellbark Hickory:

The Shellbark Hickory is a large tree ideal for the large yard.  It is one of those trees with very few issues because it has no serious insect or disease problems.  It does create considerable litter with leaf, twig and fruit drop and has a tap root which makes it more difficult to transplant.  The nuts are produced from the female flowers and are good for consumption for humans and wildlife.  For nut production it is recommended to grow at least 2 different varieties for cross pollination which is done by the wind.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Specimen
  • Attractive fruit
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Edible

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water