CARYA OVATA – HICKORY, SHAGBARK
Growth rate is moderately slow and the tree is somewhat difficult to transplant due to a coarse root system, but the tree is adaptable to many different soils. It makes a beautiful specimen for any large scale landscape and is worth the effort to find it in the trade. There is usually a tap root on trees grown in well-drained soil.
Large existing trees are often left near new homes and other buildings in new developments. Roots damaged by construction equipment can decay quickly. This can leave the plant with few supporting roots in the years following construction despite a green canopy. The tree could fall over as a result. In addition, branches that are suddenly exposed to unlimited light when nearby trees are removed begin to grow rapidly. As a result, they could become too long and break. Consider shortened them with reduction cuts to help prevent breakage.
Shagbark Hickory grows best in a sunny location in light, well-drained soil. Good survival in ice storms compared to other trees. Wood specific gravity averages about 0.72 g/cc. Hickorys are considered a ring porous or semi-ring porous wood. Trees have a reputation for displaying a great sensitivity to impacts of construction activities in the root zone. They generate pollen that causes allergies in many people.
Enormous trees can be transplanted with appropriate irrigation management.