- Self-pollinating nut tree
- Attractive and high-branching
- Produces large, brown, sweet nuts
- Self-fertile; plant two trees for best results
- Largest nut of all hickories
- Grows 60' to 80', 40' spread
- Zones 5 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, NM, TX
Zones 5 - 8
The Shellbark Hickory can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Shellbark Hickory falls into the following type(s): Nut Trees
60' - 80' High
The Shellbark Hickory grows to be 60' - 80' feet in height.
The Shellbark Hickory has a spread of about 40' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]
This hickory does well in full sun.
The Shellbark Hickory grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, wet, clay soils.
This hickory has oval, rounded shape.
A native of moist bottomlands and floodplains of the United States, the Shellbark Hickory's wood is hard and strong, and its nut is prized for its sweetness. A tough and sturdy tree, it has a life span of 80 or more years. Trees grown from seed will bear large brown sweet nuts in 10-12 years. The large nut is a wildlife favorite.
The leaves of the Shellbark Hickory are eaten by deer and other browsers while the nuts are consumed by deer, bear, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkey, and other animals. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early to late spring.
Pinnately compound, 5-9 leaflets, 10"-24" long, dark yellow-green on top.
Large, oval, 1/4" thick husk covers a hard, light brown shell, 1 3/4"-2 1/2" with 4-6 "ribs." The large kernel is sweet. Harvest in fall.
An attractive, high-branching tree. Likes moist soil. Grows 60' to 80', 40' spread. Great wildlife food source with the nuts being consumed by deer, bear, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkey, and other animals. Bee-friendly (acts as food source for bees while in bloom). Self-fertile, (requires wind for pollination; plant more than one tree to ensure crop or better crop). (Zones 5-8)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.