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A close up of the long, green leaves of the Shagbark Hickory against a white background.
A close up of the Hickory nuts hanging from the Shagbark Hickory tree, surrounded by the long green leaves
A Shagbark Hickory tree in fall, showing off the yellow leaf color and the peeling bark
A close up of the long, green leaves of the Shagbark Hickory against a white background.
A close up of the Hickory nuts hanging from the Shagbark Hickory tree, surrounded by the long green leaves
A Shagbark Hickory tree in fall, showing off the yellow leaf color and the peeling bark

OUTSTANDING SHADE TREE WITH PEELING BARK, EDIBLE NUTS, AND FALL COLOR

FEATURES:

  • Incredible and extremely showy, peeling bark
  • Beautiful canopy of deep green leaves that change to a golden-yellow in fall
  • Produces hickory nuts which are loved by people and wildlife
  • Long-lived, easy to grow shade tree
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 40-60' apart

Shagbark Hickory

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

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OUTSTANDING SHADE TREE WITH PEELING BARK, EDIBLE NUTS, AND FALL COLOR

FEATURES:

  • Incredible and extremely showy, peeling bark
  • Beautiful canopy of deep green leaves that change to a golden-yellow in fall
  • Produces hickory nuts which are loved by people and wildlife
  • Long-lived, easy to grow shade tree
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 40-60' apart

Helpful Whispers

As we get further and further into the fall season, the annual leaf-color changing event becomes more and more prominent. Enter the Shagbark Hickory. Near my house, there is a little church picnic grove that is home to a few Shagbark Hickory. I drive by occasionally, and there’s just something about the bright yellow fall color and shaggy, peeling bark that always catches my eye. That, and I know it’s one of my dad’s favorite trees. The peeling bark is what draws him in; you don’t see a lot of trees where the bark peels in long strips and curls at the ends. Just think of that in winter, tipped in snow - spectacular!

Related to the Pecan, Shagbark Hickory produces edible hickory nuts. Most of the time, raw nuts need to be roasted before eating to get rid of the bitter flavor, but hickory nuts are sweeter than most and can be eaten raw. The nuts are encased in a thick four-sectioned husk, and this husk splits when ripe making it easy to get to the hard-shelled nut, but bring a hammer because breaking that shell is no easy task! Nowadays, Shagbark Hickory nuts are sold commercially for us to enjoy, but a wide variety of wildlife also enjoy the nuts. This tree is an excellent choice if you’re looking to bring more wildlife into your backyard. For you grilling enthusiasts out there, you should be familiar with hickory for a different reason: it burns well and gives grilled meat the rich, smoky flavor we all enjoy. Hickory is also a hardwood and can be used for making ladders, tool handles, and furniture.

Shagbark Hickory is a relatively large growing tree, so if you’re considering planting one, be sure to give it plenty of room to grow to its full potential: 60-80 feet tall and 40-60 feet wide. Since these trees are relatively native to most of the eastern United States, they are rather low maintenance, give them a spot in full sun or even a little shade, and they’ll do quite well. You’ll be enjoying that yellow fall color and peeling bark in no time. As for me, I’m going to take a little drive.

-Heather, Executive Product & Systems Manager

Why plant Shagbark Hickory?

If you like pecans, you’ll love this Pecan relative, and the birds will, too! Shagbark Hickory is a choice native tree that produces delicious, sweet nuts for you and your feathered friends to enjoy. Blue Jays and woodpeckers will be grateful dinner guests, and with a little help (just break open the tough shells with a hammer), cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, and all sorts of seed-eaters will feast as well. Shagbark Hickory serves as a valuable host plant for many species of insects, which also feed our native songbirds. With this tree, there’s something on the menu for everyone!

Shagbark Hickory has been a part of North American lives since Native Americans lived off of the land. The nuts produced by Shagbark were used as an essential food source for the Natives and even early American settlers. Shagbark nuts are very popular with native wildlife and birds and are an excellent choice for bringing more animals to your yard. Today, Shagbark nuts are sold commercially for many to enjoy. Hickories, in general, are great choices to use for smoking meats for a rich, smoky flavor and burns very well. Since hickory is a hardwood, the wood can be used to manufacture furniture, tool handles, and even ladders!

How to use Shagbark Hickory in the landscape?

Shagbark gets its name from the "shaggy appearance" that its loose-hanging bark gives the overall tree. The ends of each piece of bark peels back and curls, creating the shag-like look this tree is known for. A hardy tree, Shagbark prefers humid conditions but will not hesitate to adapt to a wide array of other landscapes. Enjoy the heat of the summer under the lovely shade of shagbark hickory while the birds sing you a song overhead!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How To Plant Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark enjoys being planted in soil that is humus-rich, loamy, that is well-draining. A large grower, Shagbark needs a lot of room to grow, so do not plant too close to buildings or other trees. This tree is not an excellent candidate to transplant as Shagbark grows a deep taproot that inhibits any movement to another location. Planting more than one Shagbark to cross-pollinate will help produce heavier crops, good for you and good for the birds!

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

You should fertilize your Shagbark Hickory with the Bower & Branch Elements Starter Plant Food when planting - this way, it has all it needs to get settled in! After that, you should fertilize each spring and fall.

How To Prune

The best time to prune your Shagbark Hickory is in late winter to early spring, while the tree is still dormant. Pruning will only be needed to maintain the overall shape of the tree and to remove any dead or damaged branches.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

 

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