Carya ovata / Shagbark Hickory


One of the most distinctive looking trees in our region, with unique bark and delicious edible nuts. A relative of the pecan. Foliage turns golden yellow in autumn.

Host plant for the banded and hickory hairstreak butterflies. Also, a host plant for innumerable moth species, including the polyphemus moth. See below for more species hosted.

Two or more are recommended for cross pollination.

Read more on our blog about this preparing this edible plant.

NOTE: We are offering first year seedlings. Approximately 6″-8″ tall.

Height: 60′+        Blooms: May

Habitat: Dry to moist soils, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: Low

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Carya ovata Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Banded Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak

Larval Host Plant (moths):
American Dagger
Angus’ Datana
Banded Tussock Moth
Black-blotched Schizura
Canadian Melanolophia
Contracted Datana
Copper Underwing
Crocus Geometer
Crowned Slug
Early Button Slug
Elm Spanworm
Fall Webworm
Epione Underwing
Filament Bearer
Hickory Horned Devil
Hickory Tussock
Imperial Moth
Inconsolable Underwing
Intractable Quaker
Linden Looper
Luna Moth
Maple Spanworm
Monkey Slug
Nason’s Slug
Obscure Underwing
One-Spotted Variant
Paddle Caterpillar
Polyphemus Moth
Royal Walnut Moth
Saddled Prominent
Shivering Pinion
Small Phigalia
Small Purplish Gray
Spiny Oak Slug
Spotted Apatelodes
Stinging Rose Caterpillar
Streaked Tussock
The Half-wing
Unicorn Caterpillar
White-marked Tussock
Yellow-Haired Dagger Moth
Yellow-shouldered Slug

Additional information


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