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Carya laciniosa

Big Shagbark Hickory

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Carya laciniosa (Big Shagbark Hickory)

This uncommon species is distinguished from other hickories by the large leaves, nuts, and orange twigs. Found in moist or wet soils of flood plains and valleys with other hardwoods. Best grown in humus rich, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. This tree needs a very large space within which to grow. In the wild, it grows in areas that are periodically flooded.

Additional Information:
The Latin species name, laciniosa, meaning "with flaps or folds" refers to the shaggy bark.

60-80 Feet


40-60 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Difficult to transplant because of deep taproot. Cross pollination generally produces a more abundant crop of better quality nuts.

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Soil Moisture


Special Features

Interesting Bark

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals