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Carya ovata

Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch

Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch var. fraxinifolia Sarg.

Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch var. nuttallii Sarg.

Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch var. pubescens Sarg.

Hicoria alba Britton p.p.

Hicoria borealis Ashe

Hicoria ovata (Mill.) Britton

Shagbark Hickory

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFagalesBirch, she-oak, beech, walnut, bayberry, others
FamilyJuglandaceaeWalnut family
GenusCaryaGreek κάρυον, “nut”
SpeciesovataRefers to the ovate (egg-shaped) leaves

About plant names...

Shagbark hickory is common in eastern North America.

Identification: Trees are 70-90' (21-27 m) tall, rarely up to 150' (45 m). The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming “shaggy” with age, with long loose scales. Leaves are 8-14" (20-35 cm) long, in groups of 5 or 7. They are pale green and fuzzy on the bottom; oval-shaped, pointed on both ends, with small sharp serrations.

Edibility: Shagbark hickory nuts are edible, and have a sweet taste.

Online References:

Carya ovata on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Carya ovata at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Carya ovata at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Carya ovata at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Carya ovata on Wikipedia

Carya ovata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Carya ovata on FLORIDATA

Carya ovata at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site (PDF)

Carya ovata on eFloras

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 143

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

11/5/2009 · Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

5/2/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 4½" (15 × 11 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

11/5/2009 · Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

5/31/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

4/14/2010 · Mt. Lebanon St., Pepperell, MA

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

1/5/2012 · Groton Place and Sabine Woods, Groton, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Carya ovata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 23 Sep 2013.

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Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Very young stage. · 5/12/2007 · Pepperell, MA

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Older bark is shaggy and loose. · 5/31/2010 · Mt. Lebanon St., Pepperell, MA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

4/28/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

4/20/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 10" (19 × 25 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Young bark is smooth, with vertical stripes. · 5/31/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

5/21/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 6 × 8" (14 × 20 cm)

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Details of leaf underside. · 5/31/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

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