November Seed Packet of the Month - Shagbark Hickory Tree Seed
Carya ovata tree is well known for its rich golden fall color, edible fruit attractive for wildlife and the beautiful shaggy bark for all year interest.
Growing to 27 m tall, this long lived tree is widespread in the eastern US, zones 4-8 and is will know for its magificent Fall Color .Mature Shagbarks are easy to recognize because they have shaggy bark leading to much winter interest. This characteristic is only found on mature trees; young trees have smooth bark. Carya ovata's nutis edible and has a very sweet taste.The word "hickory" is said to have come from the Algonquian Indians word "pawcohiccora". Shagbark hickory nuts were a highly sought after food source for the Algonquians and also popular with forest wildlife . Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was popularly nicknamed Old Hickory, a play on the toughness of hickory wood used to make tough tools like axes.