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Native Plants

Shagbark Hickory

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Shagbark hickory has a commanding presence in the landscape with it size, clean summer foliage, brilliant yellow autumn color, and “shaggy” exfoliating bark. Maturing at 60-80’ tall with an upright, irregular and coarse branching habit, shagbark hickory is adaptable to dry, rocky, and clay soils as well as seasonally moist soils. Impressive as a single specimen or mixed with companions such as Quercus alba and Betula alleghaniensis, it makes a wonderful addition to any garden. A wide range of companions can grow beneath this hickory including Viburnum acerifolium, Hydrangea quercifolia, Aesculus parviflora, Leucothoe fontanesiana, and Cornus florida.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Soil Type
    early-spring, late-spring, mid-spring 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, green