HICKORY trees are some of the prettiest trees I know. On
our farm there are more than fifty of these trees, many well over
twenty years old. They are unique in the hardwood forest and standout
because of their "shaggy" trunks.
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory): occurring in pairs or solitary;
It grows well in both wet and dry areas, but prefers well-drained
soils. It is a slow-growing long-living tree.
The nuts, largest of all the hickory nuts, are sweet and edible
and produce seedling trees readily.
wood is hard, heavy, strong, and very flexible, making it a favored
wood for tool handles. It is distinctive because of the rich brown
center you will see when the wood is cut.
barks is also distinctive as it has a rich brown color on the backside.
We use it to make our Shagbark Hickory Syrup.
HICKORY. We have pignut hickory trees as well.
Carya glabra (pignut hickory): This tree has medium green broad,
flat leaves and firm, gray bark. The bark has a diamond pattern.
This tree grows well in fairly rich, well drained to dry soils.
It occurs with other hickories and with oaks.
nuts of this particular hickory, are bitter and are enjoyed by many
HICKORY. Growing right along with the shagbarks are shellbark
hickory trees. Not as shaggy as the shagbarks, but taller and fuller.
Carya laciniosa (shellbark hickory or kingnut hickory):This deciduous
tree is similar to that of the Shagbark Hickory, but often not quite
as shaggy. This tree and it prefers wet, fertile bottomland and
I found them growing by our pond and the streams that feed the pond.
Like other hickories, it is very tolerant of summer drought.