Shellbark HickoryCarya laciniosa
A native of moist bottomlands and floodplains of the United States, the shellbark hickory was once a common sight. Only few stand in nature today, but when you do encounter one, it is a memorable sight. Drooping lower branches. Large yellow-green leaves. Shaggy bark curling up at the ends.
While this nut tree is not very widely planted, you needn’t shy away. It’s a slow grower to be sure, but the long-living shellbark hickory will reward patient tree planters with strong limbs, few natural pests, low maintenance and large nuts.