Shagbark HickoryFull profile
AvailabilityUnavailable for the moment
Hardiness Zone4b (ref. Hydro-Québec)
Region of OriginEastern North America and Mexico
Mother Tree located inSherbrooke, Québec
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The Shagbark Hickory is a relatively rustic hickory, which is indigenous to the Saint-Lawrence Valley, stretches on to Bécancour and in the valley of the Saint-Francis River at the confluence of the Massawippi River. This is a tree that has a high ornamental value, but that is not easily found in nurseries - at least in Quebec.
We appreciate it for its unusual bark. Indeed, it detaches in long strips, turned outwards at the ends and holding by the middle part only. Moreover, its foliage, similar to the one of ashes (a compound leaf of five to seven leaflets) turns to a beautiful golden yellow to bronze in the fall, which is particularly decorative. The beauty of Shagbark Hickory is not unrelated to the fact that it is planted in Europe since the seventeenth century or from the beginning of colonization in America. It was therefore one of the first trees to be brought back from America to Europe...
This tree, growing well in shady areas, grows slowly and live long. It is not well adapted to urban conditions (deicing salts, pollution, etc.).
The kernel contained inside the nut is soft and aromatic. It is edible.