Shagbark Hickory (Ovata)

The Shagbark Hickory (Ovata) is generally described as a perennial tree. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Shagbark Hickory (Ovata) has green foliage and inconspicuous yellow flowers, with a moderate amount of conspicuous brown fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the late spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Shagbark Hickory (Ovata) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate. At maturity, the typical Shagbark Hickory (Ovata) will reach up to 80 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 15 feet.

The Shagbark Hickory (Ovata) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have high vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -40°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Slow
General Type Tree
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Late Spring
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 80
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required Yes
Minimum Temperature -40
Soil Depth for Roots 48
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 4–7.4 pH
Precipitation Range 29–29 inches/yr
Planting Density 300–700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 48
Minimum Frost-Free Days 140 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Low
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA