Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata
Family: Juglandaceae (Walnut)
When mature, the thick peeling plates of Shagbark and Shellbark Hickories are very
distinctive. Hickory bark as a group looks similar when young.
There are several species but most do not occur in Ontario.
Bitternut and Shagbark are the two most common, and even they are
only found in extreme southern Ontario. Those two can be
distinguished quite easily by buds or mature bark. Hickory leaf
scars all look quite similar and resemble many other species, Walnuts
Shagbark end bud
Lateral bud and leaf scar
Young Shagbark Hickory bark
Middle aged bark as it begins to split and peel
Another view of mature tree (same tree).
Often the trees are much more shaggy than this
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