Audubon® Shagbark Hickory
Shipping Autumn of 2022
If you like pecans, you’ll love this Pecan relative, and the birds will, too. Shagbark Hickory is a choice native tree that produces delicious, sweet nuts for you and your feathered friends to enjoy. Blue jays and woodpeckers will be grateful dinner guests, and with a little help (just break open the tough shells with a hammer), cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, and all sorts of seed-eaters will feast as well. Shagbark Hickory serves as a valuable host plant for many species of insects, which also feed our native songbirds and their chicks. With this tree, there’s something on the menu for everyone!
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (12-18" tall) container grown
Size A (2-3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Shagbark Hickory has been a part of North American lives since Native Americans lived off of the land. The nuts produced by Shagbark were used as an essential food source for the Natives and even early American settlers. Shagbark nuts are very popular with native wildlife and birds and are an excellent choice for bringing more animals to your yard. Today, Shagbark nuts are sold commercially for many to enjoy. Hickories, in general, are great choices to use for smoking meats for a rich, smoky flavor and burns very well. Since hickory is a hardwood, the wood can be used to manufacture furniture, tool handles, and even ladders!
Shagbark gets its name from the ""shaggy appearance"" that its loose-hanging bark gives the overall tree. The ends of each piece of bark peels back and curls, creating the shag-like look this tree is known for. A hardy tree, Shagbark prefers humid conditions but will not hesitate to adapt to a wide array of other landscapes. Enjoy the heat of the summer under the lovely shade of shagbark hickory while the birds sing you a song overhead!
Height: 70-90 ft
Width: 50-70 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Fall Foliage: Yellow, Golden Brown
How to Grow
Shagbark enjoys being planted in soil that is humus-rich, loamy, that is well-draining. A large grower, Shagbark needs a lot of room to grow, so do not plant too close to buildings or other trees. This tree is not an excellent candidate to transplant as Shagbark grows a deep taproot that inhibits any movement to another location. Planting more than one Shagbark to cross-pollinate will help produce heavier crops, good for you and good for the birds!
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Size A Trees:
2-3' tall, grown and delivered in a container. It won't take long for this slow growing native to flourish in your landscape after it is planted. One person can pick this size tree up and bring it home in their van or SUV.