Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Uncommon in GA & NC (rare in NC Mtns)

Look for it in rich moist bottomlands, slopes, occasionally on dry upland flats, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5 leaflets (usually)
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-3 lobed
Inferior ovary
Staminate flowers in elongate catkins

FRUIT:
Fall
Nut

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Carya ovata   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya ovata   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 053-02-006:
Carya ovata   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hicoria ovata

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya ovata var. ovata

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Shagbark Hickory


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_caov2_002_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_caov2_005_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hiov2_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_ovata_13

January        

Twigs stout, slightly hairy, with large loosely scaled buds, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_ovata_2

January        

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JK Marlow    jkm0504d_16

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm180408_1083

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

Opened bud scales can be reminiscent of flowers. Note last year's leaf rachises

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_ovata

June        

Crushed lvs w faint apple smell unlike other hickories. Petioles pubescent, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_ovata_polk_co_3

August    Polk County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_191

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Husk is thick and splits free from the nut, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_195

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Large terminal buds covered by several very loose brown scales, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_197

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Leaves with minute tufts of hair on margins, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_201

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_203

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Fruit nearly globular, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_ovata_1_bark

December    Floyd County    GA

Dark gray bark, exfoliating in long narrow plates oft detached at both ends, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Ron Lance    jkm110219_639b

Month Unknown        

Nut nearly round, shell angled, husk 1/4-3/8" thick and splitting to base, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.