Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 7 -Shagbark Hickory - Carya ovata

The Shagbark Hickory Tree
Shagbark Hickory - Carya Ovata
As my naturalist mentor/teacher, Ken Voorhis, would say, "Oh Vat A Tree this is!"  Do you get it???

The shaggy bark is my number one year-round ID tip. The bark peels from the bottom in long strips.

The leaves are alternate and compound, 8-14 inches long with 5 to 7 leaflets (usually 5).  They are dark yellowish green above and paler below with finely toothed edges.

The Hickory nuts are growing on the tree at this time of year. The Hickory nut is covered with a husk that is yellowish brown to black. It has four ribs and is about 1.5 inches long and .5 inches thick. The husk has a slightly flattened base. The nut inside is light tan and slightly flattened and is ridged on four sides with sharp tips on each end.

The Champion Shagbark Hickory Tree lives in Anne Arundel, MD. It is 107 feet high and has a circumference of 107 feet.
Our children may save us
if they are taught to care properly for the planet;
but if not, it may be back to the Ice Age or the caves
from where we first emerged.
Then we'll have to view the universe above
from a cold, dark place.
No more jet skis, nuclear weapons, plastic crap,
broken pay phones,
drugs, cars, waffle irons, or television.
Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea.
~ Jimmy Buffet, Mother Earth News, March-April 1990 ~



  1. Thanks for my birthday tree and for reminding me to laugh and enjoy (and to be responsible for the environment)! ; )