CARYA ovata

Commonly known as Shagbark hickory

Five long pointed leaflets to each leaf and excellent yellow autumn colour
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    mid-green leaves 20-35cm (8-14in) long with, usually, 5 leaflets
  • Height
    25m (80ft)
  • Spread
    15m (49ft)
  • Tree
    Ornamental, peeling, grey to brown bark. Thick-shelled nuts to 6cm (2½in) long are edible when ripe.
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

CARYA ovata

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£22.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
  • Additional Features
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    Crown gall, powdery mildew, leaf spot.
    Place of origin
    Eastern North America.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Requires deep, humus-rich soil.
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
25m (80ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (49ft)

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