Carya laciniosa (Kingnut Hickory / Shellbark Hickory) is a slow-growing tree from the Walnut Family. Shellbark Hickory enjoys partial to full sun and moist conditions in deep loam or silt soils. It is a tree of flooded areas and can tolerate temporary flooding is tolerated during the spring. This tree is uncommon to rare in all of Illinois particularly in northern Ilinois where it is only found sparingly in the Chicago area. It can also be found in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
This tree is a slow grower and it may not produce nuts until a tree becomes 30 to 40 years old. Shellbark Hickory is not often used as a landscape tree because ti can be messy to clean up, however, it is quite attractive, it has high wildlife value and typically resists storm damage. Due to its slow-growing nature, this tree can be on the small side when grown in pots when compared to other native trees.
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