Carya ovata (Mill.) K.Koch

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Carya ovata (Mill.) K.Koch

  • Description

    Species Description - Bark light gray, soon separating into long plates; twigs stout, with a large gray bud; lfls 5, or 7 on sprouts, pubescent beneath when young, soon glabrate except for subapical tufts of hairs on the teeth, the terminal obovate, much larger and proportionately wider than the lateral; fr subglobose to broadly obovoid, mostly 3.5–5 cm; husk 3–12 mm thick, eventually splitting to the base; nut compressed, 2–3 cm, two-thirds as wide or wider, rounded at base, usually sharp-pointed; kernel sweet and edible; 2n=32. Rich, moist soil; s. Me. and s. Que. to se. Minn. and w. Neb., s. to Ga. and e. Tex.

  • Common Names

    shagbark hickory